Thursday, August 19, 2010

In Cinemas This Week

Harry Brown - Sir Michael Caine (Inception, Get Carter) stars in this crime drama about a mob hit carried out on the best friend of the titular character and the ensuing unique revenge that ensues. Caine has been winning some pretty major kudos from critics for this lately for his performance as an ex-marine and it is great to see him working with a fresh first-time director (Daniel Barber) on something with so much meat on it bones. This looks to be a return to the sort of things Caine worked on in his early career. Also featuring Emily Mortimer, Iain Glenn.

Ong Bak 3 - More kick-ass martial arts action from one of the greatest practitioners of Thai Boxing, Tony Jaa, this promises to be, like the previous to films, a fight-fest par-excellence with plenty of social and environmental morals thrown in for good measure. The story picks up directly after the second film with Tien (Jaa) saved from captivity and near death by a group of villagers. They proceed to teach him the ways of meditation and he in turn protects the town from his enemies who are intent on re-capturing him. But this time he must face his toughest challenge to date, in the form of the King's Golden-Armored Guard.

Salt - Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is a C.I.A operative running for her life after being accused of being a Russian spy. She must use all of her wits, skills and experience to out-run her pursuers, protect her husband and prove her innocence. This looks like a great vehicle for Jolie to pack a wallop in and has all the makings of a potential female "Bourne" franchise with high emphasis on the action.

The Concert - French comedies seem to be a dime-a-dozen at the moment. Here's another one about a cleaning man for the Bolshoi orchestra in Moscow who was fired as a conductor for hiring Jewish musicians. He concocts a plan to return to his old fame when he intercepts a fax from Paris inviting the orchestra to play at the Ch√Ętelet Theater. He puts a rag-tag group of musicians together in a effort to pass themselves off as the orchestra, and hilarity ensues... apparently.

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