Tuesday, February 23, 2010

In Cinemas This Week

9 - The trailer for this has been doing the rounds since the middle of last year and those of us into this sort of digital animation have been getting quite excited by the dystopian steam-punk asthetic on show here. Directed by newcomer Shane Acker, based on his 2005 short film of the same name, and starring the vocal talents of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau and a host of other massive names. I deliberately have avoided any spoilers on this one, because I want to be surprised by what looks like a wonderfully dark wee piece about finding individuality in a post-apocalyptic world. (I just hope it doesn't get lost in the slew of other movies with "nine" in the title that have been gracing screens lately!)

Crazy Heart - Jeff Bridges stars in this absorbing character piece from first-time writer-director Scott Cooper. Bridges plays boozing country singer Bad Blake, trying to turn his life around and find meaning in a dying career and seems to channel the likes of Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson (who at times Bridges looks uncannily similar to). A highly able supporting cast, (Maggie Gylenhaal, Robert Duvall, even Colin Farrell in yet another breakout role as a highly popular American country singer) give this film a richness and depth that lend it the texture of a bio-pic. One of the most extremely watchable character pieces in some time. Well worth a look.

From Paris With Love - Action-thriller from director Pierre Morel (Taken, District B 13), written & produced by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon). John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers team up as an American spy and a young worker from the US Embassy who have to foil a terrorist plot in downtown Paris. Just those four names attached to this make it look like it will be a fun gun-totting action-packed chase flick.

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