OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening November 21, 2008
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Bolt (PG for mild action and scenes of peril) Disney animated adventure about a German Shepherd TV star (John Travolta) who discovers he doesn’t really have any superpowers after being accidentally shipped from Hollywood to NYC when he has to embark on a humbling cross-country trek home with the help of a cat (Susie Essman) and a hamster (Mark Walton). Voice cast includes Miley Cyrus, James Lipton, Malcolm McDowell and wrestler Randy Savage.
Twilight (PG-13 for violence and sensuality) Horror flick revolving around the unlikely romance which arises between a beautiful young woman (Kristen Stewart) and a mysterious, immortal vampire (Robert Pattinson) irresistibly lured by her primal scent.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Antarctica (Unrated) Romance drama, set in Tel Aviv, about the love triangle which evolves when a couple of best friends (Tomer Ilan and Yuval Raz) fall in love with the same journalist (Guy Zoaretz). (In Hebrew with subtitles)
The Betrayal (Unrated) Vietnam War Era documentary, narrated and co-directed by Thavisouk Phrasavath, chronicles the impact of U.S. foreign policy on his family which was forced to emigrate from Laos to America due to his father’s involvement with the conflict. (In English and Laotian with subtitles)
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (Unrated) Harvard alum Tommy Lee Jones narrates this anticlimactic football documentary which revisits the 1968 Ivy League gridiron title game via a combination of archival footage and contemporary reflections. Picture simultaneously takes a nostalgic look back at the prevailing social issues of the day, including the Vietnam War, feminism, Civil Rights and student unrest.
I Can’t Think Straight (PG-13 for sexuality) Forbidden love is the theme of this homoerotic drama about a couple of London-based brides-to-be, one, a free-spirited Palestinian Christian (Lisa Ray), the other, a repressed Indian Muslim (Sheetal Sheth), who fall in love and have second thoughts about marriage on the brink of their respective wedding days.
Lake City (R for profanity and violence) Sissy Spacek and Troy Garity co-star in this Southern drama about the return home under trying circumstances of a Prodigal Son to the family farm where he confronts his estranged mother about a deep family secret. Ensemble includes Rebecca Romijn, Dave Matthews, Drea de Matteo and Keith Carradine.
Special (R for profanity, violence and drug use) Delusions of grandeur drama about a parking meter cop (Michael Rapaport) who suffers a psychotic break after volunteering to test an experimental anti-depressant which leaves him believing he’s been transformed into a superhero.
Were the World Mine (Unrated) Sexual preference fantasy about a lonely, homosexual high school student (Tanner Cohen) who makes the most of a windfall find when he turns everybody in his hometown gay after stumbling on a magic love potion.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
OPENING THIS WEEK