Thursday, March 25, 2010

In Cinemas This Week

Boy - Taika Watiti's (Eagle vs Shark) newest feature, has taken four years to come to fruition and is already being hailed as one of the best kiwi films for some time. I was lucky enough to see this the day after its world premiere at SXSW and can say it is in my top five kiwi movies ever made. Funny, moving, profound and unmistakably kiwi at its core, this is well worth catching.

The Men Who Stare At Goats - A look at the lives of the men of The New Earth Army, a group of soldiers who claim psychic powers as part of their arsenal. A total work of fiction, the film tracks a course looking at the unwritten history of experimentation from a "free love" commanding officer, Brigadeer General Dean Hopgood (Jeff Bridges), intent on awakening a new breed of soldier through dropping acid and astral projection. Starring Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey. Quirky, surreal and well-paced, this is for those viewers who like their conspiracies easy to swallow.

How To Train Your Dragon - Young Viking warrior boy must prove his worth by capturing and training a feared dragon in this Dreamworks Studios animated 3D fest. I'm a little worried that the animation looks a bit behind the eight-ball as far as current trends are concerned, but always like the concept of Vikings in a story, so there should be something to be enjoyed here. Voices by new-comer Jay Baruchel, Gerrard Butler, Johan Hill, Kirsten Wiig and Christohper Mintz-Plasse.

The Brothers Bloom - One of my favorite new directors of last decade, Rian Johnson (Brick), returns with a smart period crime comedy. Starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz. About brothers who decide to return to a life of petty crime only for one of them to fall for the charms of their intended victim. Trailer looks fun, but has been getting mixed reviews State-side.

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