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Movies that should become games

She listens to pop music in her bedroom, papers the walls with clippings from celebrity magazines, and plays with the neighbors son. When he beats her in a bike-vs.-foot race, she vows to get wheels of her own, which is considered an offense against virtue. Waad Mohammed sparkles as the cheeky troublemaker, who enters a Quran study competition in hopes of using the prize money for her bicycle. Reem Abdullah is touching as Wadjdas traditionalist mother, housebound unless a hired driver is available, and worried that her husband is about to take a second wife. Al-Mansours warmhearted humanism and progressive political agenda are a perfect fit. Even the Quran passages Wadjda recites slyly chide the forces of religious repression. The final optimistic images suggest that todays headstrong little girls may reshape and redefine Saudi society. Wadjda is an endearing, uplifting delight.C.C. When Comedy Went to School out of four stars Unrated but suitable for all. Theater: Lagoon In this nostalgic show-business documentary, Jerry Lewis recalls his days as an up-and-comer in New Yorks Catskill Mountains summer resorts. It was a laboratory, he says, a place for comedians to hone their craft in front of demanding audiences. If they werent laughing, says Sid Caesar, youd better shut it down. The film pays tribute to legendary getaways and the standups who used them as springboards to stardom. There are archival clips of bygone greats (Henny Youngman, Rodney Dangerfield) and interviews with surviving stalwarts.

Itd be excellent, wouldnt it? Itd be a true survival horror. You wouldnt be able to fight back, you and Dakota Fanning would just have to survive and hang out with crazy old Tim Robbins. Itd be smashing fun. Alternatively, you could play as the Martians on a bold but fruitless crusade to wipe out the human menace. By Dan Cairns |Contributor, Last updated:26 September 2013, 16:39 BST Related stories By Dan Cairns |Contributor, Last updated:26 September 2013, 16:39 BST Print Like Crank, the Sin City film – based on the comic by Frank Miller – was already kind of video-gamey, featuring deliberately overegged dialogue, a stylised look and plenty of gratuitous bloodshed. It was a big influence on more than a few videogames too. Did you ever play Madworld on the Wii? No, of course you didnt. Nobody did. It had the same art style as Sin City, what with it also being black and white and red all over. Sin City would make a good shooter or roaming beat-em-up. Plus it would infuriate the media with all the wanton violence – instant success! By Dan Cairns |Contributor, Last updated:26 September 2013, 16:39 BST Related stories By Dan Cairns |Contributor, Last updated:26 September 2013, 16:39 BST Print To be honest, you could pick any John Carpenter film for this list. The man has made some of the best movies ever, most of which could easily translate into games.

add a comment HORROR AT MOA John Carpenter, who launched the slasher cycle with Halloween, is the ideal filmmaker to usher in the ghoulish month of October. Hes getting a welcome retrospective with a Tuesday-night series of classics, near-classics and not-really classics at the Mall of America multiplex. Oct. 1 its Escape From New York, with Kurt Russell as tougher-than-tough Snake Plissken, a dangerous convict assigned to rescue the President from a futuristic Manhattan that has become a lawless penal colony. Its great action filmmaking goosed with deliciously cynical political commentary. On the 8th the star and general idea are needlessly recycled in Escape from L.A., which directs its satire at easy targets like crazed surfers and plastic surgeons. They Live, a prescient sci-fi comic thriller showing Oct. 15, stars pro wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper as a construction worker who discovers sunglasses that strip away superficial appearances to reveal that societys rulers are alien cadavers. The brilliant remake The Thing is a paranoid masterpiece about an alien entity that kills, then takes over the identities, of researchers at a remote Antarctic outpost. The capper on the 29th is Prince of Madness, a flimsy exercise in modern-day mysticism concerning a Los Angeles church whose basement contains a diabolical power. Keep an eye peeled for a walking-dead cameo by Alice Cooper. (All shows $5; 7:30 p.m. Theatres at Mall of America, 952-882-8900.) more from movies get related content delivered to your inbox You are now subscribed.