Kapi-Mana News : January 8th 2013
13 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 8, 2013 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT This summer we're running on half our usual water storage for Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington, while we upgrade our storage lakes. But if we all take measures to use a little less water, it should see us through. Save water in the garden: Fit your hose with a trigger, so the water only flows when you need it Mulch your garden beds and you'll slow moisture loss byupto70% Use a tap timer for hands-free watering, so your hose isn't left on too long by accident Find more tips at gw.govt.nz/water There's less water to go around this summer Use a bit less, make a big difference GRW 1074_D READING CINEMAS PORIRUA readingcinemas.co.nz PH: 237 1070 ALSO SHOWING 3D LIFE OF PI (PG) 3D RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG) JACK REACHER (TBC) OPENS THURSDAY TBC LAUNCH YOUR CAREER Westpac Stadium 105 Waterloo Quay Ph 495 8390 www.nzis.ac.nz Enrol Now 2013 for Limited Youth Guarantee Places Available 16 & 17 years old No Fees for CHRISTCHURCH•WELLINGTON•AUCKLAND IN SPORT! • Certi cate in Sport & Recreation • Certi cate in Sport Studies • Personal Training Certi cate • Diploma in Sport Management&ExercisePrescription • Pre Police Pro ciency Certi cate • Diploma in Sport - Advanced Exercise Prescription - Advanced Sport Management Cruise saves another day Jack Reacher Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Alexia Fast. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. 130 minutes, rated M (violence & offensive language). Showing at Reading Cinemas Porirua. Cruise control: Tom Cruise plays the resourceful, unstoppable hero type -- again -- in action flick Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is the latest paper- back hero to make the jump to film franchise, an ex-military police-cum-drifter who struts his way into convoluted conspiracies and injustices like a modern day cowboy before punching and kick- ing his way out. Lee Child's protagonist is resourceful, ruthless and relent- less. Indestructible and a textbook anti-hero, it's easy to see what attracted perennial indestructible anti-hero Tom Cruise to produce the project and that he was never going to let a little thing like the character's lofty height stop him from casting himself as Reacher. However, to this end, Cruise has done the picture a disservice. An otherwise vigorous action thriller, Jack Reacher is reduced to white noise. We have simply seen Cruise play this gig too many times already. Sure, Reacher is a grimmer presence than we normally see from the actor -- the pearly whites are never allowed to form that famous smirk -- and he doesn't dress as trendy as Cruise's past action men. But come on, aren't we all a little tired of watching The Cru- iser walk into a movie, kick arse and save the day, barely breaking a sweat or revealing a single character flaw? Now, nobody tends to give Humphrey Bogart a hard time for repeatedly playing a gumshoe, and Bruce Willis has long been celebrated as everybody's favour- ite Everyman against the odds. But nobody dominates their movies like Tom Cruise, and rarely are his characters conflic- ted or saddled with ambiguity, fallibility, vulnerability or, well, anything that interesting. Cruise is compelling when he does stray into the grey -- Mag- nolia and Collateral are his best performances -- but when he is on ego-tripping hero mode, as he is in Jack Reacher, he sucks any sense of uncertainty from the picture and leaves no heavy lifting for the supporting cast. Richard Jenkins, Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo are left with little to do but orbit around Cruise's epitome of gallantry. Damn, this review was sup- posed to come off more positive. McQuarrie (who wrote The Usual Suspects) is no slouch, the film looks and feels classy, heavy on close-ups and hard-boiled dialogue. Compared to the train wreck that was Alex Cross, this is vintage action film-making. There is also a keen focus on the victims of violence, which makes the actions of the bad guys pack more of a wallop than your aver- age run-and-gun yarn. But the notion that Cruise will likely each year alternate between saving the world as Ethan Hunt on impossible missions and saving America as Reacher is nauseating. THE LOWDOWN Up-to-date listings for local events and shows. Want your event added? Email: email@example.com. For the full lowdown: www.kapi mananews.co.nz. On today WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER of the Year, collecting action shots, under- water images, landscapes and environmental reportage. At Pataka until January 27. DARRYN GEORGE, new paintings, at Pataka until March 3. WALLACE ART Awards 2012, entries for the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand. At Pataka until February 24. STORY FESTIVAL, Porirua, Can- nons Creek and Whitby libraries host the A-long Hot Summer Story Festi- val. There will be guest performan- ces, animator Alice Moore, film, pup- petry, music and more. It's all about sharing and creating stories. The festival runs until January 18. Phone Bea Trudgeon on 237 1543 for more details. Saturday, January 12 PARK WANDER, Whitireia Park, Bring the family on a guided walk with the park ranger and Whitireia Restoration Group to explore the natural gems of this coastal park. 9.30am till 12pm. Follow Titahi Bay Rd on to Main Rd, turn right on Bay Rd, then right onto Thornley St. The entrance to Whitireia Park is off Thornley St. Meet at the Onepoto Bay car park.
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