This week’s movie releases

This week’s movie releases

FILM: CHEF
CAST: John Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman
Director: John Favreau

With his career and personal life suddenly at crossroads, a once-celebrated L.A. chef embarks on a cross-country culinary odyssey with his best friend and young son in an effort to rediscover his creativity and love for cooking.
When he started running the kitchen at trendy Brentwood eatery Gauloises, Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) was one of the hottest chefs to hit the L.A. food scene.

Now, a decade later, the restaurant is still always full, but creatively Carl is running on empty. Divorced and disconnected from his 11-year-old son, he’s convinced cooking is the only thing he’s good at and he yearns to reignite the spark that made him love doing it in the first place. When he learns that popular food blogger Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) is coming to review the restaurant, Carl plans to dazzle him with an adventurous new menu.
But the restaurant’s owner Rive (Dustin Hoffman), insists he serve the same safe and predictable dishes that have kept the place packed year in and year out. Disappointed at the meal’s lack of originality, Ramsey writes a scathing review, which along with a video of Carl’s embarrassing out-of-control response- quickly goes viral. With his illustrious career suddenly reduced to a punch line, Carl finds himself jobless with no prospects for work.

At the suggestion of his successful ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara), Carl accompanies her and their son Percy (Emjay Anthony) to Miami, where Inez’s first husband, Marvin (Robert Downey Jr.), takes pity on Carl and offers him a beat-up old food truck. With the help of Percy and Carl’s friend and longtime grill chef Martin (John Leguizamo), Carl turns the rusting hulk into a gleaming rolling kitchen, where he and Martin serve up a fresh, mouth-watering take on simple Cuban fare and introduce Percy to the joys of working the line. As the trio makes the trip back to L.A. in the truck, with memorable stops in culinary hotspots including New Orleans and Austin along the way, Carl begins to reconnect with his passion for cooking – and with his son.

Favreau began his filmmaking career nearly two decades ago, writing and starring with Vince Vaughn in the seminal hipster comedy, ‘Swingers’. After that he made his directorial debut with the self-scripted ‘Made’, then helmed his first big studio project in 2003 with the holiday classic ‘Elf’, starring Will Ferrell. More recently, Favreau effectively launched Marvel’s superhero franchise by directing the first two ‘Iron Man’ blockbusters.
With Chef, the filmmaker has taken a break from big-budget extravaganzas to return to his indie roots. “I wanted to write a screenplay from scratch, let the characters speak in the voices I gave them, cast the people who I wanted to work with and then see where that led me,” says Favreau. And so, after executive producing ‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘The Avengers’, Favreau has brought to the screen the story of Carl Casper.

Embracing the spirit of 1996 cult favourite ‘Swingers’, Favreau saw ‘Chef’ as an opportunity to tell an intimate story about a flawed hero, with an adult audience in mind. “I haven’t made a small movie like this in a very long time,” he says. “I thought it would be interesting to bring the skills I’ve developed to this type of project. I wanted to try something on a different scale and face a different set of challenges that would keep me sharp and grounded.”
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John-Cusack-in-'Adult-WorldFILM: ADULT WORLD
CAST: EMMA ROBERTS, JOHN CUSACK, EVAN PETERS, SHANNON WOODWARD, CLORIS LEACHMAN
DIRECTOR: SCOTT COFFEY

Adult World is a satirical comedy about an eccentric young woman, Amy Anderson, (Emma Roberts) who has just come out of university, convinced she’s going to be a famous poet. Saddled with debt and unemployed she moves back in with her parents who force her to get a job. Desperate and armed with a poetry degree and not much else she takes the only job she can find: working in an adult book store called Adult World. Meanwhile, desperate to get her poems published, Amy stalks an aging punk poet figure named Rat Billings (John Cusack), “one of the greatest poets of the early 90s.” Rat reluctantly agrees to mentor her. As Amy makes new friends, including a drag queen named Rubia, the elderly couple who own Adult World, and Alex, the charming and quirky young manager, she learns that she might not be the voice of her generation after all. ‘Adult World’ is a smart commentary on an entire generation of Americans who have been over-validated and have no ability to deal with rejection or for that matter, reality.

Adult World is a satirical comedy about an eccentric young woman, Amy Anderson, (Emma Roberts) who has just come out of university, convinced she’s going to be a famous poet. Saddled with debt and unemployed she moves back in with her parents who force her to get a job. Desperate and armed with a poetry degree and not much else she takes the only job she can find: working in an adult book store called Adult World. Meanwhile, desperate to get her poems published, Amy stalks an aging punk poet figure named Rat Billings (John Cusack), “one of the greatest poets of the early 90s.” Rat reluctantly agrees to mentor her. As Amy makes new friends, including a drag queen named Rubia, the elderly couple who own Adult World, and Alex, the charming and quirky young manager, she learns that she might not be the voice of her generation after all. ‘Adult World’ is a smart commentary on an entire generation of Americans who have been over-validated and have no ability to deal with rejection or for that matter, reality.

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Christina-Storm-in-'Alles-WFILM: ALLES WAT MAL IS
CAST: Erica Wessels, Louw Venter, Christina Storm, Meme Ditshego, Ennalinda Sharman, Ignatius Verwey, Chris De Clerq, Elzette Maarschalk, Jana Strydom, Richard van der Westhuizen
DIRECTOR: Darrell Roodt

Helena Joubert (Erica Wessels) lost herself somewhere between her Varsity love, the big, crazy wedding, and her two hyperactive kids. She and hubby Gustav (Louw Venter) exchanged their passionate relationship for a permanent seize-fire.
The once uninhibited and vibrant journalist is now just a few fading photographs on the wall.
And then, her world is shattered when Gustav apparently starts an affair with the very big investor who just might be the savior of his company – Elzaan Mostert (Christina Storm).
Enter Helena’s alter ego, the can-do, let’s-make-a-plan, nothing-is-impossible younger version of herself. Alter Ego comes up with the idea of starting a blog called Alles wat Mal Is (Everything Crazy), documenting Helena’s hectic life, and her quest to win back Gustav’s affection, and put a spark back into her marriage.

The blog soon becomes wildly popular amongst women everywhere. But when Helena starts suspecting that Elzaan Mostert might be a fraud and a crook, she not only has to save her marriage, but Gustav’s company too.
And that might prove to be a bridge too far: Gustav thinks she’s crazy, and her desperate race against the clock to expose Elzaan is turned into mission impossible by the persistent Alter Ego, two toddlers and a very eccentric dog…
Directed by Oscar niminated Darel James Roodt, this romantic comedy is based on a short story by Deon Meyer, and written by the team that brought audiences the hit ‘Semi-Soet’.