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The weekend at the movies

The weekend at the movies
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First Published: Thu, Feb 10 2011. 08 36 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 10 2011. 08 36 PM IST
Mark Zuckerberg’s story hits the screen again this weekend, along with an animated, and one must admit, different take on Romeo and Juliet, the Shakespearean staple. In addition to all that, here is our weekly calendar of movies.
THEATRICAL RELEASES
These are star-crossed lovers too, only underground, animated and with a different set of problems to overcome en route to everlasting happiness. This is a story of love between two gnomes that is threatened by a feud between neighbours, and the dangerous turns their affair takes. All this in 3D.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg and directed by David Fincher, this film based on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets a re-release in India. Trent Reznor’s screechy, haunting score goes hand-in-hand with a film that became as much a part of the public debate as the networking site it refers to.
Nikhil Advani returns with what is being called a take on the life of Monty Panesar, the English Sikh spin bowler. The movie is about Parghat Singh Kahlon (played by Akshay Kumar), his sacrifice and eventual return to the game he loves dearly, cricket.
TV PICKS
Saturday
A Short Film about Love (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095467/)
5pm, World Movies
Polish master Krzysztof Kieslowski’s subtle exploration of the spring of first love, and the passion and vulnerability that accompany it. The film follows a 19-year-old who is obsessed a his neighbour who lives across the street. He spies on her through a telescope.
3.10pm, WB
Tim Burton’s take on the fairy tale of the headless horseman features Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane. Depp is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate mysterious decapitations of villagers by the “headless horseman”.
4pm, UTV Movies
Sonam Kapoor turns matchmaker in this film which also stars Abhay Deol and Ira Dubey. In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, Kapoor’s character attempts to fix the match for a naive village girl after a successful matchmaking stint earlier.
Sunday
6.30pm, Lumiere
Todd Haynes directs this biopic of Bob Dylan with six actors portraying him at different stages in his life. The film takes one through the music, the rebellion, the disappointments and the many loves of the musician.
8pm, Set Max
Aamir Khan leads a pack of villagers on to the cricketing field in a bid to defeat a British Raj English team and get the tax due from villagers waived.
7pm, UTV World Movies
Another one of Mike Leigh’s explorations of family life in Britain, this is one of his most acclaimed films and combines superlative acting with a powerful script. Watch what happens when a well-to-do coloured woman traces her roots to a not-so-well-to-do white woman.
SCREENING PICKS
Saturday
The Economics of Happiness
6.30pm, India International Centre, New Delhi
The film shows how globalization breeds cultural self-rejection, competition and divisiveness; how it structurally promotes the growth of slums and urban sprawl; how it is decimating democracy. It will be introduced by environmental activist Vandana Shiva.
Sunday
8.35pm, DT Star Multiplex, Gurgaon
Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, who have broken up recently, vie with each other for the apartment they live in, using every tactic imaginable to force the other to move out.
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First Published: Thu, Feb 10 2011. 08 36 PM IST