DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION (PG)
GOOFY and awkward teenager Goku (Justin Chatwin) lives with his grandfather Gohan (Randall Duk Kim) and is viewed as a joke by his peers. Little does Goku realise that he is destined to fulfil an ancient prophecy by defeating the dastardly Lord Piccolo (James Marsters) and his snivelling sidekick Mai (Eriko Tamura), who seek seven mystical and powerful dragonballs. Stars Chow Yun-Fat as Muten Roshi (pictured).
STAR RATING: **
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (PG)
ETs phone home from the Nevada desert in Andy Fickman's special effects-laden reworking of the Disney adventure Escape To Witch Mountain.
Almost 30 years after the original, this slick and sprightly revamp ticks all of the boxes with ruthless efficiency, introducing a dog at the halfway point to increase the ahh factor for family audiences.
Race To Witch Mountain makes good use of leading man Dwayne Johnson, who copes easily with the physical rigours of his role as a speedy taxi driver, and continues to sharpen his comic timing.
His gung-ho hero greets each ludicrous twist with a withering look of disbelief then gets on with the serious business of fighting an alien bounty hunter, breaking into a top secret government facility and saving the world from destruction.
STAR RATING: ***
17 AGAIN (12A)
A MAGIC whirlpool enables thirtysomething Matthew Perry to transform into teen beefcake Zac Efron in this wish fulfilment comedy that plays shamelessly to the High School Musical crowd, even to the extent of throwing in a production number!
But Efron’s effortless charm carries the movie well and he handles the comedy with consummate ease.
STAR RATING: ***