OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening April 23, 2010
BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Back-up Plan (PG-13 for profanity, crude humor and sexual references)
Biological clock comedy revolving around a single woman (Jennifer Lopez) who conceives twins via artificial insemination on the very same day she finally meets the man of her dreams (Alex O’Loughlin). Cast includes Anthony Anderson, Robert Klein, Tom Bosley, Linda Lavin, Eric Christian Olsen and SNL alumna Michaela Watkins.
The Losers (PG-13 for profanity, sensuality and intense violence) Action-oriented adaptation of the DC Comics series, revolving around an elite, U.S. Special Services unit on assignment in the Bolivian jungle where they join forces with a mysterious operative (Zoe Saldana) while engaging a diabolical adversary (Jason Patric) bent on world domination. Cast includes Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Chris Evans and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Behind the Burly Q (Unrated) Actress Leslie Zemeckis, wife of Oscar-winning director Bob (for Forrest Gump), makes her own directorial debut with this revealing documentary revisiting the Golden Age of Burlesque, America’s most popular genre of live entertainment in the 20th Century until the advent of TV. Features file footage and dozen of interviews with historians and dancers like Blaze Starr, Tempest Storm and the incomparable Evangelina the Oyster girl.
Boogie Woogie (Unrated) Gillian Anderson and Alan Cumming co-star in this British sitcom based on Danny Moynihan’s novel of the same name revolving around the cannibalistic behavior inside London’s art world, a cutthroat community populated by corrupt dealers, shallow agents, narcissistic artists and sexual predators. With Heather Graham, Charlotte Rampling and Christopher Lee.
Breath Made Visible (Unrated) Reverential bio-pic chronicling the career of the legendary Anna Halprin, the dance pioneer who established America’s first integrated company, and whose revolutionary approach incorporated the art form’s power to heal, teach and transform. Director Ruedi Gerber deftly blends contemporary and archival footage of both performances and interviews
Oceans (Unrated) Eco-friendly documentary, narrated by Pierce Brosnan, exploring the mysterious wonders and rapidly-vanishing species of the sub-aquatic world covering three-quarters of the Earth’s surface.
Paper Man (R for profanity and sexuality) Midlife crisis comedy about a never-published novelist (Jeff Daniels) who befriends a troubled teenager (Emma Stone) much to the chagrin of his long-suffering, MD wife (Lisa Kudrow) and his imaginary friend (Ryan Reynolds). Cast includes Kieran Culkin, Arabella Field and Hunter Parrish.