Thursday, February 24, 2011

Opening This Week

  • Hall Pass- the return of raunch titans Bobby & Peter Farrelly, of There's Something About Mary and Dumb & Dumber fame.  Here Owen Wilson and Jason Sedakis star as married men (their female counterparts of Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer) who are given a free pass for a week without marriage.  R-rated stuff ensues.  Does anybody else feel the sweetly gross Farrelly Bros. shtick seem a bit passe?
  • Drive Angry- the fifth (?) 3-D film of 2011 is a Nicolas Cage vehicle...he drives a car and stuff.  It marks the second 2011 Cage starrer (the first being Season of the Witch), wake me when he decides to make Leaving Las Vegas 2, or wait that wouldn't work, would it? 

  • Heartbeats- the second film of Canadian wunderkund Xavier Dolan, good luck finding his promising first feature, I Killed My Mother, it barely released in this country despite a top prize from Cannes in 2009.  Looks very pretty.
  • Of Gods & Men- Sony Pictures Classics, one of the few saving graces in bringing acclaimed foreign language films to the United States, presents the French contender for the 2010 foreign film alas, wasn't nominated, despite acclaim.  A tale of the French perspective in the combative France\Algeria dispute, conversely Outside the Law, nominated for foreign language film this year outlines similar content, from the Algerian point of view. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

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