Thursday, February 4, 2010

In Cinemas This Week

Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Leading Actress (Gabourey Sidibe), Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) and Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published), this adaptation of gritty urban bleakness is sure to provoke some tears and anger for its laying bare of modern illiteracy in African-American teens. The book is highly regarded by many critics, but a cinema adaptation could easily push it towards the sentimental. The big meaningful "issue" movie of the season, produced by Tyler Perry & Oprah
Winfrey, so expect to be moved in some way.

Edge of Darkness
Mel Gibson returns to duty in front of camera after a six year hiatus, as a cop who begins a vigilante investigation when his daughter, who works at a nuclear research facility, is gunned down on the family porch and dies in his arms. This highly charged thriller involves corporate cover-ups on a global level, some quite jarring violence and a dizzying array of twists at every possible point in the plot. Directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, The Legend of Zorro)

Did You Hear About The Morgans?
"Rom-Com" regulars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker team up in this story of a New York couple whose relationship is in turmoil after witnessing a murder. To cope, they are sent to Wyoming. Hilarity (hopefully) ensues. Co-starring Mary Steenburgen, Sam Elliott and Elizabeth Moss. From writer/director Marc Lawrence (Music & Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice).

Charlie & Boots
Paul "Crocodile Dundee" Hogan and Shane "Kenny" Jacobson star in this comedy-drama paired as an unlikely father & son bonding on a fishing trip off the northern tip of Australia. Expect lots of scenic postcard shots of Australian coastlines and goofy one-liners. Probably a safe bet to take your Dad to.

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