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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening November 11, 2011
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Immortals (R for graphic violence and a sex scene) Action fantasy, steeped in Greek mythology, about a lowly stonemason (Henry Cavill) picked by Zeus (Luke Evans) to assemble a band of intrepid warriors for a bloody showdown with a rampaging, ruthless titan (Mickey Rourke) who has declared war on humanity. With Isabel Lucas, Stephen Dorff, John Hurt and Freida Pinto.
J. Edgar (R for profanity) Clint Eastwood directed this warts-and-all biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of J. Edgar Hoover, the legendary director of the FBI. With Josh Lucas as Charles Lindbergh, Jeffrey Donovan as Bobby Kennedy, Gunner Wright as Dwight Eisenhower, and Christopher Shyer as Richard Nixon.
Jack and Jill (PG for sexuality, crude humor, profanity, violence and smoking) Slapstick comedy about a happily-married family man (Adam Sandler) who is dreading his passive-aggressive, twin sister’s (also played by Sandler) annual Thanksgiving visit. Ensemble includes Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Shaquille O’Neal, Regis Philbin, Tim Meadows and Dana Carvey.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
11-11-11 (Unrated) Psychological thriller about a best-selling author (Timothy Gibbs) who moves to Barcelona to recover from the loss of his family in a house fire set by a fan only to learn that the number 11 is fated to remain his unlucky number forever. With Wendy Glenn, Michael Landers, Denis Rafter and Salome Jimenez.
The Conquest (Unrated) Political biopic chronicling the rise to power of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy (Denis Podalydes). Cast includes Florence Pernel as First Lady Cecilia Sarkozy, and Bernard Le Coq as Jacques Chirac. (In French with subtitles)
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Unrated) Brazilian crime thriller, set in Rio de Janeiro, revolving around a high-ranking prison official (Wagner Moura) called upon to clean up police corruption in the wake of a riot during which some inmates were executed. With Irandhir Santos, Andre Ramiro and Maria Ribeiro. (In Portuguese with subtitles)
God’s Fiddler (Unrated) Reverential biopic about Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), a violin virtuoso considered one of the greatest classical musicians of all time.
The Greening of Whitney Brown (PG for brief profanity) Fish-out-of-water comedy about a spoiled ‘tweener (Sammi Hanratty) who learns a big lesson about what really matters in life with the help of a horse after her family moves from Philly to the country because of financial woes. With Brooke Shields, Aidan Quinn, Keith David and Kris Kristofferson.
Into the Abyss (Unrated) Werner Herzog directed this Death Row documentary based on a series of interviews with relatives of the victims of a triple murder as well as the killer, a week before the 28 year-old condemned man was scheduled to fry.
Melancholia (R for sexuality, profanity and graphic nudity) Denmark’s Lars von Trier directs this apocalyptic adventure about a couple of squabbling sisters (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg) who put their sibling rivalry on hold when a fast- approaching rogue planet threatens to collide with Earth. Cast includes Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt and Stellan Skarsgard.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
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