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Celebrating the Good Life • February 23 - March 11, 2010 • Vol 15 no 10 • FREE Look out for the wonderful Alice in Wonderland! Director Tim Burton is a master of the fantastical and in the epic 3D adventure Alice in Wonderland, he adds his own wacky, imaginative twist to Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Now 19 years old, Alice returns to the whimsical world she once found down the rabbit hole, reuniting with old friends such as the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat and The Mad Hatter, of course. This time round though, she’s on a mission to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The film stars Burton regulars - and favourites - Johnny Depp (who is always superb) and Helena Bonham-Carter, as well as Anne Hathaway and Crispin Glover. If you’re a fan of his work, which includes Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, you can expect to love it! (Opens March 5) For more big screen releases, turn to the View page inside...


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Compiled by NICOLE ALLEN and KYM ARGO Sizzling hot... Oh to look this good... Actress Scarlett Johansson has been chosen as the star of Mango’s autumn / winter 2010 campaign and she’s every bit as gorgeous as the range! Key items include suit jackets, skinny-fit trousers, leggings and pencil skirts - all with a definite 80s edge.

There’s leather, studs, sequins and rhinestones, while colours centre around black and grey, with touches of cobalt blue and maroon. We love it! Find Mango branches in Melrose Arch and Sandton City. Details: 011-684-2720 and 011-783-7907 respectively.


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Pamper yourself at home with the brand new Charlotte Rhys Spa range. The packaging is classically plain; the products are fab and include face cleansers, masques and serums, body polishers and massage oils. Available at selected spas and salons in Joburg. You can also visit the Charlotte Rhys Lifestyle Store in Sandown for all these products and a great men’s range. Details: 021-702-1338 or www.charlotterhys.

Make the most of the summer sun under the cover of one of these great hats. Imported by the Emthunzini Hats company, they have the Cansa seal of approval and come in a range of styles and colours for men, women and children. Best of all, they’re crushable (so pack well), washable and have a hidden drawstring so they fit most head sizes. Priced from R280 at Love Generation in Parkhurst, Paputzi’s in Linden and Bella Rosa in Kyalami. Details: 022-409-2160 or

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Autumn undies

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It seems ridiculous to be contemplating our autumn wardrobes while the sun still beats down, but as the shops are already filled with next season’s ranges, why not stock up? Start from the inside out with the new Women’secret lingerie range. It’s fabulously feminine without any frou-frou frills or over-the-top lace. Instead, you’ll find plaids, polka-dots and stripes; red, navy blue, fuchsia, grey… Items are delicate and include the casual and comfortable, the sexy and show-off. Check out the Botanical collection for loose garments for home, and the Shopping Girl range for trendy underwear sets. At Women’secret, Hyde Park Shopping. Details: 011-325-4992 or www.

Bright light Recently opened in Craighall Park, the Light Shed is the place to go for decorative lighting for your home. The shop is tiny, its selection small but each handpicked light is stylish and definitely desirable. We love the galvanized metal lanterns, but you’ll also find great nickel-plated lights in contemporary designs. The floor space is filled with pretty homeware and gift items - think rattan furniture, wooden cheese boards made from wine barrel lids, room diffusers and divine Juliette at Home fragranced kitchen candles. Corner Westminster Drive and Portland Avenue. Details: 011-325-6093.

Juicy finds at Succulent Cafe For a little bit of everything, including cute décor accessories and gifts, such as scatter cushions, picture frames, bags and even a hot stone massage kit for two, pop into Succulent Café in Northcliff. The shop stocks a variety of desirable goodies and has a lovely coffee shop and deli section attached.

Stay for a light breakfast or lunch (think salads, sandwiches and yummy pizzas baked in an oh-so-stylish pink mosaic pizza oven) or order dinnerto-go from the deli. The food is delish! At the L’Corro Centre. Details: 011-022-7245 or www.succulentcafe.

Cuddle up on the couch... Fab furniture store Coricraft has launched a new collection of fabrics for its slip cover and upholstered couches, as well as its ottomans. Our favourites include the rich, luxurious velvet in two colours; the linen shot with gold thread for understated bling; and the matching metallic leathers. There’s also a stylish new two tone fabric and the bold and bright Aswan range. Go in, play around … you can mix and match colour and texture to suit your taste. Details: 086-111-4779 or click on One lucky Leisure Options reader can win a Barcelona two-seater sofa in the new two tone fabric, valued at R4 495. Simply SMS LOCCoricraft and your details to 34274 before Monday March 1. SMSs cost R2. Good luck!


Red hot fashion sale Don’t miss the International Fashion Sale happening at the Coca-Cola Dome this week. An annual shopping highlight, it’s the place to be for discounts on desirable brands like Diesel, Nike, Guess, Nine West, Morgan, Gerri, Lee Cooper, Rage, Sketcher and CK. See you there! February 25 to 28, from 10am to 10pm daily. Tickets cost R60. Details: 011-549-8300.

BABIES Useful workshop for parents Pampers and Living & Loving magazine are hosting a brunch workshop for parents featuring childcare expert Sister Lilian. Learn how to encourage soothing sleep and better behaviour in your baby through loving touch at this informative and enjoyable morning.

Saturday March 6 at the Country Club Johannesburg from 9am (for registration) to 12.30pm. Tickets cost R150 and include brunch and a fab goody bag. Booking essential. Details: 0860-105-945 or visit www. to book online.

DANCE Celebrate contemporary dance You can also admire a collection of highlights from previous Dance Umbrella festivals at a gala evening on March 5. Tickets are R60 to R100 at Computicket. Details: the FNB Dance Umbrella hotline on 072-703-9332.

The FNB Dance Umbrella enters its 22nd year with a rich lineup of contemporary dance and choreography. Performances take place at various venues across Jozi from February 27 to March 14.

Add oomph to your week

KIDS Win a cool party at Yeesh! When it comes to entertaining young kids, awesome indoor play venue Yeesh! comes up trumps. Now open in Bryanston as well as Woodmead, this any day favourite offers a giant climbing frame, ball ponds, slides, obstacle course, jumping castles and trampolines – all of which are good for things like gross motor skills and spatial awareness. There’s a separate soft play area for toddlers, the Paint Pot where kids can paint ceramics and T-shirts, and a cool coffee shop for moms and dads. The Bryanston branch has an indoor mini soccer pitch as well – fab for aspiring PSL players!

Both venues are hugely popular for birthday parties (Yeesh! offers themed party packs, cakes, catering and décor) and the exercise means your kids will, hopefully, burn off any extra sugar before you go home! Details: 083-923-2306 (Woodmead) and 073230-6531 (Bryanston); www.yeesh. To celebrate the opening of its Bryanston branch, Yeesh! is giving away a children’s party to the value of R2 000, which is valid for 20 kids and 20 adults on a weekday only. Other terms and conditions apply. To enter, SMS LOCYeesh and your details to 34274 before March 1. SMSs cost R2.

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The 80s are back! Brit pop heavyweights Spandau Ballet have reformed and are bringing their Amazing 80s Tour to our shores, along with special guests Alphaville. Remember the global smashes True and Gold? You can expect to hear these and much, much more (the band had 23 hit singles during its reign) with Tony Hadley, the Kemp brothers and co live at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City Casino on May 2. Oh, and they’ll be promoting a new album titled Once More as well … See you there! Tickets from R275 to R450 at Computicket. Details:

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COMEDY Big laughs in store Chortle your way through The Real Joburg Theatre Comedy Festival which features a fab line-up of funny men including Marc Lottering, Nik Rabinowitz, Barry Hilton and David Kau. March 4 to 6 at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein. Tickets are from R120 at Computicket. Details: www.

EXPO Hobbies and crafts galore! Unleash your creativity at Hobby-X, SA’s largest craft and hobby expo which takes place at the Coca-Cola Dome on Friday March 5 from 10am to 6pm and on March 6 and 7 from 9am to 6pm. Entry costs R50 for adults, R15 for kids under 12. Details: 011-4783686 or

ART New works

ON STAGE Dazzling martial arts display China’s fabled Shaolin monks are bringing their amazing show Wheel of Life back to South Africa this fortnight. Learn about the history of the Buddhist soldier monks and be spellbound by the 20-strong cast’s mesmerising martial arts abilities. The moves are dazzling, the sets dramatic, and the mood incredible! At the Teatro, Montecasino from March 9 to 21. Tickets cost between R99 and R300. Details: Computicket on 083-915-8000. We’ve got three double tickets to give away to the 6pm performance of Wheel of Life on Sunday March 14. SMS LOCMonks and your details to 34274 before March 1. SMSs cost R2.

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SALSA party Friday night! Immerse yourself in the South American party scene every Friday night at Cantare Supper Club at Montecasino as Latin Lingo’s Rhythm Revolution provides a sizzling hot mix of music and dance (think salsa, merengue and bolero) with guest deejays and live performances by Spanish singer César. Tickets R100 at the door. Book in advance for dinner or VIP access, which costs R150. Details: 011-511-0505. César

Angus Taylor The still-new Circa gallery in Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank is the place to go to admire New Works by sculptor Angus Taylor. His monumental pieces include bodies and faces created out of slate and thatch. Amazing! Until March 24. Details: 011-788-4805. Absurd objects and other relics for the future is the title of reclusive artist Peter Mammes’ latest exhibition: an unusual collection of modern sculptures, paintings and drawings on display Upstairs@Bamboo in Melville from February 24 to March 3. Details:

IN CONCERT Extra show date for André Rieu Dutch violin star André Rieu has just become the first-ever international artist to sell out three concert dates at Sun City over one weekend and have a fourth show added … which shouldn’t be surprising as he’s currently the world’s top selling male performer! If you missed out on tickets first time round, hurry to book as André and his 110-strong entourage – the Johann Strauss Orchestra - will now be performing traditional waltzes and other classical gems at the venue on Friday April 23 as well. Tickets are priced from R450 to R1 050 each. Details:

GREEN TRIP Go abroad with Keith Kirsten Gardening guru Keith Kirsten will again be hosting a Chelsea Garden Tour to the UK and France in May. Go along to experience the thrills of the Chelsea Flower Show, draw inspiration from a selection of England’s famous gardens (including Gertrude Jekyll’s 1908-designed Manor House garden) and soak up other tourist hot spots in your spare time. In France, you’ll get to admire extraordinary gardens, not all of which are open to the public. Sounds wonderful! Details: or 011-317-0903.

THEATRE A stripped down love story For something completely different, see AR Gurney’s Love Letters, a staged reading of letters between two adult characters whose lives have been entwined since childhood. The show offers no bells and whistles, just a decent script and quality performances from Jonathan Taylor and Corinne Willoughby. At the Foxwood Theatre in Houghton on February 28 and March 11 at 11am. Tickets are R80. Details: 011-486-0935 or




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Short hair is definitely fun and funky, but long hair is gorgeous, especially if it’s rich in colour and high on shine... For long, lustrous locks in a hurry, try Great Lengths human hair extensions. They’re totally natural, easy to apply and easy to maintain. Hot shades for brunettes include mocha, chocolate, deep plum and rich chestnut, while blondes are beautiful in warm apricot and honey tones and cream and vanilla shades. Great Lengths also supplies bold, punchy extensions in jewel colours such as lime and grape! This season, hair is ultrastyled but looks naturally glamorous. Curls are soft and dishevelled (scrunch and run) while straight hair is chic and groomed. Got long hair already? Then simply add extensions to create extra volume and body. For more information, call Great Lengths on 011-326-1525, visit www. Also available at Tanaz, Hair, Beauty and Nails. Details:011786-2976 or visit

Natural hair straightening at Tanaz So you’re tired of your curls and want a sleek, smooth hairdo for autumn? The Keratin Hair Treatment, also known as the Brazilian Straightening System or, even better, the Chocolate Brazilian Blowout, is now available at Tanaz, Hair Beauty and Nails. Developed in Brazil, the treatment uses the protein keratin to straighten hair naturally, as opposed to harsh chemicals which work by altering the shape and structure of internal hair bonds. How it works... The first step in the process is to recondition hair and restore its healthy glow. This involves washing hair in a special salt-free clarifying shampoo which is left on for up to 20 minutes. Next, hair is blown dry, and the keratin solution applied and allowed to soak into the hair for another 20 minutes. Each section of hair is then sealed and straightened up to five times using hot irons to infuse the keratin solution into the hair (this traps moisture, hydrates the hair and creates a glossy finish). The entire process takes anywhere from 90 minutes to four hours, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Results are not permanent, but last from two to five months, gradually fading with each wash. Benefits... • Besides being chemical free, the keratin treatment smooths the cuticles covering the hair shaft ... basically, this means it banishes frizz and controls unruly locks. • It makes hair easier to style (and really does cut down on styling time by as much as 70 per cent!). • Your hair is thickened and strengthened, but the internal structure of the hair is not changed. • After care is simple. There is no major maintenance required - just avoid washing your hair for 48 hours post treatment (so make sure you don’t do it the day before a hot date!); afterwards you do need to use a sodium chloride-free shampoo and conditioner. Easy! Priced from R800 to R2 000 depending on the length and condition of your hair. For more information or to book your appointment, call Tanaz on 011-7862976 or visit


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Lashes to die for! Look out for Clarins’s new Wonder Lash Mascara - a sleek, beauty bag essential that promises to thicken, lengthen and curl your lashes in a flash for an oh-so-glamorous look. Available in black, brown and blue for around R215, this is our must-buy of the week!

Sunkissed legs Brighten up pale legs with City Girl Firming Leg Shimmer from RioBlush. Developed by an award-winning make-up artist, and favoured by Hollywood celebs, it’s just the thing to add a healthy glow to your body before date night - and it has cellulitebusting properties as well. What more could you ask for? About R400. Details: email caron@

Great Grillhouse steaks for home from Meat etc Love the legendary Grillhouse steaks? Then you’re in for a treat... Boutique butchery Meat etc has just opened across the way from the restaurant in The Firs, Rosebank and it’s filled with The Grillhouse’s famous aged steak cuts, as well as boerewors, biltong, bastings, spices and sauces. Staff can vacuum pack your meat for you if you’re going away and the shop sells really great cooler boxes. There’s also an in-house caterer if you’re thinking of planning a private function. Check out the deli menu too - it offers gourmet sandwiches on hot, fresh rolls for R25. Details: 011-066-6328.

What’s on the menu?


Mezepoli tapas bar is hip and happening Eat. Love. Live. The recently opened Mezepoli offers cool diners a wonderful, relaxed Greek way to enjoy an evening out. Part of the fabulously successful Plaka family, Mezepoli offers chic, no-fuss, urban dining at its best. Simple, fresh, contemporary food is served the Mediterranean way. Mezepoli means ‘world meze’, so you know what to expect - mostly Greek, but also exciting flavours and colours of Spanish tapas and dim sum of the East. Everything’s served as a starter, so you sit and nibble a vast selection of dishes along with your glass of wine or cocktail ... all very cosmopolitan and social. Signature dishes include feta and Gruyere croquettes (R39), calamari stuffed with feta and peppers (R45), keftethes - mama’s home-made meatballs - (R36), as well as a wide range of sushi. This cool white and Mediterranean blue spot in Melrose Arch’s Piazza is this month’s hottest new destination! Details:011-684-1162.

Taste Brazil Ypióca Cachaça, one of Brazil’s best-loved white rums. has just arrived in South Africa in time for the 2010 World Cup. Delicious served cold on the rocks or with cola, it also makes a wicked caipirinha! Available at leading bottlestores where prices range from R95 for Ypióca Gold to R135 for the funky look Ypióca Ouro.

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Mischief and mayhem for kids Treat your kids to Manfred the Baddie by John Fardell, a fabulous little book that recently won the 2009 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books under the Early Years (0-7) category. Manfred is the baddest baddie of them all and in this funny, fast-paced story, he kidnaps inventors and forces them to build diabolical crime machines. But then Manfred discovers no one likes him ... can he change his ways? Brilliant illustrations add to the fun. Quercus, R89.95.

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Curl up with a murder mystery, futuristic thriller or a light romance... In California, two teenage brothers go into the woods, but only one comes out in Carol O’Connell’s Bone by Bone. Twenty years later, after learning that human remains have been left on the family’s front porch, the older brother sets out to uncover the truth that has haunted the town. Headline, R110. Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson involves girls who disappear, but the police think they’re runaways. Kristi Bentz enrols at All Saints University where there are whispers of a secret society involving a cult of death ... and Kristi is targeted by a bloodthirsty killer. Hodder, R110. Myron Bolitar is back in Harlan Coben’s Long Lost. Terese Collins vanished from Myron’s life several years ago, but now she’s sent him a cry for help. She’s in Paris, the prime suspect in the murder of her ex-husband. Myron’s hunt for the truth becomes a race to stay alive. Orion, R129.95 Mr Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett is the chilling tale of a group of people who set out to track down a mysterious scarred murderer. As the chase becomes increasingly desperate, the trackers have to choose between what is right and what is necessary. Penguin, R200. A beautiful blonde girl is found halfdrowned on a Sussex beach in Lesley Pearse’s Stolen. She has no memory of who she is, but Dale recognises her friend Lotte’s photo in the newspaper. The girls set out to discover who wants to kill Lotte and what has become of Lotte’s baby. Michael Joseph, R224. Ice, Linda Howard’s gripping new thriller, is the tale of Gabriel McQueen’s rescue of Lolly Helton from armed strangers. But when the escape is

discovered, the hunt is on ... and winter woods in a bitter ice storm are no place to be. Piatkus, R224. Killer Country is the second book in Mike Nicol’s Revenge Trilogy. Set in Cape Town, it cracks open a world of conspiracies and paranoia, corruption and greed as the new elites get their hands on the spoils. Struik, R170. In Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, the son of a wealthy New York family is kidnapped and Detective Michael Bennet leads the investigation. Then another student disappears. When the FBI gets involved, the killer changes his routine ... which could devastate New York. Random House, R215. Four friends share a vision to rule the world of virtual reality games in JD Robb’s Fantasy in Death. Then Bart, the genius behind the idea, is killed, apparently by the dark side of their fantastical virtual world. As investigator Eve Dallas digs deeper into the gaming world, she finds the killer’s game is not over. Penguin, R200. We follow the lives of three Dublin women in Amanda Hearty’s Positively Yours. Beth is in love with her boss, but having a baby is a no no. Grace moves to San Diego, but isn’t sure about returning to Ireland with her husband. Erin has an obsession with falling pregnant. But you don’t always get what you wish for... Random House R185. In Ford County Stories, John Grisham returns to Clanton in the heart of America’s Deep South with a collection of seven stories that are frequently moving, often hilarious and always entertaining. Random House, R295.

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David Elliot Cohen and John D Battersby have produced a fascinating hardcover book in Nelson Mandela A Life in Photographs. The book documents momentous changes through 117 photographs of Mandela. There are rare black and white photos taken as early as the mid-40s, and glorious colour images of his triumphant release. It also presents six of Mandela’s most important speeches, including ‘An Ideal for Which I am Prepared to Die’. With insightful text and captions, this is an inspiring book. Sterling, R220. In the Words of Nelson Mandela, a little Penguin Pocket Book, Jennifer Crwys-Williams has put together a compilation of comments by Madiba - from humanity to racism, oppression to freedom, friendship to negotiation. Hugely inspirational, you’ll dip into it again and again. R60. Crammed with images, specially commissioned interviews and contributions from friends and associates ranging from Thabo Mbeki to Bill Clinton, Mandela: The Authorised Portrait is a truly incredible book that has been updated to include Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations. R229 (soft cover).


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Also worth listening to ...

The Parlotones rock We’re a tad tired of the Idols franchise so admit we took ages to actually listen to Adam Lambert’s debut For Your Entertainment (he was runner-up in the 2009 American competition). But once we did, we were hugely, pleasantly surprised! Produced by the likes of Linda Perry and Ryan Tedder, and boasting writing collaborations with artists such as Pink and Lady Gaga, it’s a vibrant, theatrical, fun pop album that combines elements of new wave, disco and modern R&B as well. Standout tracks include the stylish Music Again and Fever.

Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster is a double CD collection that’s intended to bridge the gap between the pop phenomenon’s first and second full-length albums. Disc one is an eight track EP of all new material, including fab single Bad Romance and Telephone, a duet with Beyoncé, while disc two is essentially a re-release of The Fame, her debut album that spawned the smash hits Paparazzi and Poker Face. It’s a cool combination that shows off Lady Gaga’s edgy, over-the-top style and hints at great things to come.

Ever since its release late last year, we’ve been playing the Parlotones’ latest album, Stardust Galaxies everywhere! And we were right to, it seems... The album went gold within a week of launching (a massive feat for a local band) and one of its songs, second single Life’s Design, was snapped up by KFC for its current TV campaign. If you’ve yet to discover the album, do so quickly. It’s an uplifting gem: full of Kahn Morbee’s distinctive vocals, soaring choruses, fresh lyrics and funky pop-rock vibes. Push Me To The Floor is its biggest hit to date but Remember When and album closer Stardust Galaxies, a duet with Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola, are also great! We’ve got five Parlotones Snackbox hampers to give away, consisting of a signed copy of the new album and a R50 KFC voucher. To enter, SMS LOCParlotones and your details to 34274 before Monday March 1. SMSs cost R2.


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Four years after her stellar debut, English singersongwriter Corinne Bailey Rae has released The Sea, an exquisite, emotional album heavily influenced by the death of her husband two years ago. That’s not to say its songs are morbid however; yes, there are some that are sad, wistful and very moving (title track The Sea is one). But others, such as The Blackest Lily and Feels Like The First Time are more upbeat and/or hopeful. If you’re in the mood for a classy blend of jazz, rock and neo-soul with plenty of heart, this is it.

If her debut album A Fool in Love is any indication, Florence Rawlings, a 20-year-old soul singer from south London, is poised for the big time. Discovered at the age of 13 by Dramatico label boss, Mike Batt (who also found Katie Melua), her vocals are rich and throaty; her style a classy mix of Motowninspired soul and rhythm and blues. Turn up the volume on first single Hard To Get and the moving Love Can Be A Battlefield. It’s very cool!

On DVD Look out for Bon Jovi Live at Madison Square Gardens which was filmed in 2008 and features 25 songs drawn from the still-hot New Jersey rockers’ then 25-year-long career. Think Living on a Prayer, Always, Bed of Roses, Blood on Blood and more!

Tune in... Tired of hearing the same old, same old on radio? Then turn your dial to 93.8FM Midrand Stereo, a small community-based radio station that has breathed new life into the old Radio Today’s Rockfest. Every night from 8pm until late, DJs with diverse tastes choose non-playlisted music to entertain listeners. So far, we’ve lapped up 70s disco and funk, classic rock and metal, blues and jazz, and have discovered several little-known, but truly fantastic bands. It’s definitely worth a listen! See for details.

Grammy Nominees 2010 is an easy crowd pleaser, filled with recent radio hits from a diverse selection of artists such as Pink (Sober), The Black Eyed Peas (I Gotta Feeling), Kings of Leon (Use Somebody) and Coldplay (Life in Technicolor ii). It’s a fun-for-now mix of pop, rock and R&B that will likely get tired as new songs take over the airwaves.


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Settle down with popcorn and enjoy Fantasy, fluffy love and futuristic horror... it’s all on the big screen this fortnight It’s Complicated

A trio of new DVDs to watch at home this weekend Chéri An elegant period piece about a high-class courtesan who falls for a much younger man after his mother asks her to show him the ways of the world. Michelle Pfeiffer is radiant in the lead role.

Jozi A South African production about a successful comedy writer who - thanks to crime, politics and relationship woes - has lost his sense of humour. His solution? A mad, cross country adventure to reclaim it. Carl Beukes and Lionel Newton co-star. (Opens Feb 26)

It’s Complicated Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin star in this amusing comedy about a divorced couple who rekindle their romance on a weekend away at their son’s college graduation... Only, he’s now remarried (to a much younger woman) and she’s been flirting with her architect. It’s good, predictable fun and also stars Steve Martin. (Opens Feb 26)

Entry Level When a middle-aged chef (D.B. Sweeney) loses his restaurant he’s forced to enter the job market at the bottom where competition is fierce and opportunities limited. It’s a mediocre comedy that resonates because of the current economic crisis. Expired An unsettling indie drama about the turbulent relationship between two lonely traffic cops: the sweet, naïve Claire and the angry, aggressive Jay. The script is sharp; the performances by Samantha Morton and Jason Patric extraordinary.

Samson and Delilah This acclaimed Australian film follows a young Aboriginal couple on the run, as they try to survive life beyond the isolated walls of their community. Oversees critics have called it beautiful and heartrending... sounds like a must-see. (Opens Feb 26)

A Single Man Fashion designer Tom Ford makes his directorial debut with this visually impressive, emotive film about a gay college professor who is struggling to cope with the death of his long-time partner. Colin Firth excels in the lead role. (Opens Feb 26)

Daybreaker It’s 2019 and vampires rule the earth. Only, the human population is dwindling and the bloodsuckers are now farming people to maintain their food supply. Then researcher Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) makes a remarkable discovery... A slick, gory sci-fi fest. (Opens Mar 5)

Book of Eli A decent post-apocalyptic thriller about a lone man (Denzel Washington) who fights his way across a lawless America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secret to saving humanity. Gary Oldman stars as his nemesis. (Opens Feb 26)

Precious This strong Oscar contender tells the harsh, courageous tale of a young African-American woman who finds hope in a literacy workshop from a life marred by emotional, physical and sexual abuse. A well-intentioned, honest tearjerker. With Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique. (Opens Mar 5)

From Paris with Love When terrorists threaten to attack Paris, a low-ranking CIA official (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) finds himself fighting for survival with a wisecracking, trigger-happy, senior agent (John Travolta). It’s a throwaway action film with mostly okay moments. (Opens Feb 26)


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