OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening March 26, 2010
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Hot Tub Time Machine (R for nudity, graphic sexuality, crude humor, drug use and pervasive profanity) Hedonistic , sci-fi comedy about four, bored buddies (John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Coddry and Clark Duke) who embark on a raunchy road trip with the help of a magical hot tub which teleports them back to 1986 where they over-imbibe while attempting to recapture their lost youth. With
How to Train Your Dragon (PG for intense action, scary images and mild epithets) Animated adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s best-selling children’s novel about an unassuming, young Viking warrior (Jay Baruchel) who ends up befriending a toothless dragon (Jonah Hill) he’s supposed to slay. Voice cast includes Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrara, Craig Ferguson and Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Chloe (R for profanity, nudity and graphic sexuality) Atom Egoyan directs this psychological thriller about a jealous wife (Julianne Moore) who comes to regret her decision to hire a high-class call girl (Amanda Seyfried) to try to seduce the husband (Liam Neeson) she suspects of cheating on her.
Dancing Across Borders (Unrated) Overcoming-the-odds documentary about Sy Sar, a promising, 16 year-old prodigy discovered in Cambodia by patron of the arts Anne Bass who brought the boy back to NYC for an audition with a prestigious ballet academy.
The Eclipse (R for profanity and disturbing images) Atmospheric, ghost tale, set at a foggy, seaside Irish hamlet, revolving around a grieving widower (Ciaran Hinds) who sees apparitions of his late wife. The plot thickens when he finds himself competing for the affections of a famous fantasy novelist (Iben Hjejle), in town for an annual literary festival, with an obnoxious American writer (Aidan Quinn) who has also taken a fancy to her.
Greenberg (R for profanity, drug use and graphic sexuality) Ben Stiller stars in the title role of this poignant romance drama about the attempt of two lost souls, adrift in
I Love You Phillip Morris (R for profanity and graphic sexuality) Romantic comedy about a happily-married con man (Jim Carrey) who comes out of the closet and flamboyantly falls in love with his prison cellmate (Ewan McGregor) after being rejected by the long-lost biological mother (Morgana Shaw) he never knew. With Leslie Mann and Rodrigo Santoro.
Lbs. (Unrated) Compulsive eating comedy about a 315 lb.,
Multiple Sarcasms (R for sexuality and profanity) Midlife crisis comedy about a successful but unhappy architect (Timothy Hutton) who quits his job to write a semi-autobiographical play which becomes a hit but at the expense of his marriage and other relationships. Ensemble includes Mira Sorvino, Dana Delany, Stockard Channing, Mario Van Peebles and Chris Sarandon.
Waking Sleeping Beauty (PG for mature themes and brief off-color language) Disney documentary examines how the Mouse House resuscitated its animated franchise in the Eighties after hitting rock bottom during a decade of stagnation which almost doomed the company’s fabled cartoon division. With appearances by Tim Burton, Roy Disney, Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg