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The weekend is finally here, meaning it's time to sit back, put up your feet and enjoy a good movie or two. For your convenience, we give you short previews of two of the latest movies you could enjoy your Saturday afternoon with.

Saturday's a great opportunity to get your loved ones together and spend some quality time. And to do the job, there's nothing like a good family movie that can keep everyone entertained. Try Namaste London, a Hindi flick, which like most Indian movies has the right blend of everything: comedy, emotion, romance and you guessed it family values.


Namaste London

Director: Vipul Amritlal Shah

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Rishi kapoor, Upen Pattel, Javed Sheikh

Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski

Music: Himesh Reshammiya

Once again Akshay Kumar plays the patient gentleman who tries to win over his unyielding wife (remember Dhadkan?). Katrina Kaif plays the daughter of Rishi Kapoor, who though of Indian Origins, is more British in her ways. Despite being married to Arjun (Akshay Kumar), Jasmeet (Katrina Kaif) is all resolved to marry Charlie Brown (Clyde Stenden), her British boyfriend. This movie will probably remind you of Sanjay Leela Bhansalis "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". This causes a conflict between the daughter and father, and poor Arjun is trapped in between.

 The Movie is all about the cultural gap between two nations and the generation gap between the daughter and her father. I'll leave it up to you to find out how this conflict is resolved.

 Katrina as always, appears stunning in the movie and the good cinematography only enhances her looks. If you loved Akshay in Dhadkan, you'll only find him better in this one. Rishi Kapoor's performance shows that skills grow with experience.

 Other characters include Upen Patel who has a substantial role, which he has carried out pretty well.

 All in all, this is a pure entertainment movie, and as I mentioned just good enough for a pleasant Saturday afternoon with your family.



Director: Zack Snyder

STARRING: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Rodrigo Santoro, Vincent Regan

DIRECTOR: Zack Snyder


STUDIO: Warner Bros.

RATING: R (For graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity.)

GENRE: Action / Adventure / Drama


The latest Movie to hit the theaters in Kathmandu,300 is a historical action packed war movie.

 Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel 300,which in turn is based on the Legendary Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC.

 The movie revolves around an alliance of Greek city-states that fought the invading Persian Empire, commanded by Xerxes, at the pass of Thermopylae in central Greece. Though vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the Persians for three days in one of history's most famous last stands. After three days of battle, a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks by revealing a mountain path that led behind the Greek lines.

 Writer-director Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad and Michael Gordon have come up with a script that is just as fierce as it can get. Zack Snyder has proved himself to be a great artist too. With brilliant use of colors and lightings, he has managed to capture the war filled environment to the last detail. The Computer-generated Imaginary is unbelievably realistic. An artistic masterpiece in its self, the movie leaves you in total awe.


However this movie has drawn controversy over its portrayal of ancient Persians. The outraged Iranians have called the movie as "anti-Iranian"," insult to their ancient culture" and "deviation of history". The Persians in the film were shown as "ugly and violent creatures rather than human beings." The state-run network also linked the film to ongoing political differences between Washington and Tehran such as the nuclear dispute. The movie has also been criticized of being inline with Americas "Psychological warfare" against Iran.  

 Even some U.S. reviewers noted the political overtones of the West-against-Iran storyline - and the way Persians in the movie are depicted as decadent, sexually flamboyant and evil in contrast to the noble Greeks.

 A very brutal movie with horrific yet blood charging scenes of war with dead bodies and mutilated body parts, it can be quite disturbing for some. Also the inclusion of some sexuality and nudity rates this movie as a definite 'R'.

 Despite its sensitive issues, this is a definite hit with people who are interested in historical epics. Edge of the seat action for the guys, and hard rippling muscles will appeal to the ladies. This is a movie to watch for all the reasons.








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