Thursday, April 14, 2011

In Cinemas This Week

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never - In this high-energy 3D musical documentary, teen singing sensation Justin Bieber provides personal snapshots from throughout his career, starting with his first set of drums and culminating with scenes from his triumphant 2010 concert tour. Other stars and family members interviewed include Jaden Smith, Miley Cyrus and Justin's mother, Pattie Mallette.

Mars Needs Moms - After tormenting his sister and refusing to eat his veggies, Milo (Seth Green) lands in big trouble and starts viewing his mom (Joan Cusack) as uncaring and unfair. But when martians suddenly abduct her, Milo rushes to the rescue and discovers why all moms are so special. In this fun-filled animated film, based on Berkeley Breathed's popular book, martians need loving, hardworking mothers just as much as humans do.

Mozart's Sister -French drama about Wolgang Mozart's elder sister, Nannerl (Marie FĂ©ret). Beginning in 1763, it follows the Mozart family's life on the road, travelling by coach from one royal court to the next. Wolfgang (David Moreau), is a young prodigy, but Nannerl is also accomplished as a singer, harpsichordist and violinist. Her father bows to social strictures "for her own good," refusing to let her continue with the violin or compose. But Nannerl pushes back at the limitations imposed on her gender.

Paul - Nick Frost and Simon Pegg star as two science-fiction freaks who, while on a quest to discover what lies at the heart of Nevada's infamous Area 51, cross paths with an alien (voice of Seth Rogen) on the run from earthly authorities. The irreverent duo that brought us Shaun of the Dead assembled an impressive cast that includes Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig and Blythe Danner for this raucous cross-country romp.

Sarah's Key - In the midst of researching an article about the roundup of Jews that took place in Paris in 1942, American-born journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) uncovers a sobering connection between her story and the home she shares with her boorish French husband (Frederic Pierrot). Gilles Paquet-Brenner directs this gripping drama based on a bestselling novel of the same name that was inspired by actual events.

Scream 4 - Perennial survivor Sidney Prescott, now a successful self-help author, returns to her home town of Woodsboro in the fourth act of director Wes Craven's Scream franchise. Sidney's homecoming, however, coincides with a slew of unsettling new murders.

The Illusionist - Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature, this wistful tale follows the fading fortunes of aging illusionist Tatischeff , who's forced to perform in obscure venues as his act is eclipsed by the growing popularity of rock bands. He gets an emotional lift, though, from a wide-eyed girl named Alice, who thinks he possesses magic powers. But Tatischeff's "sleight of hand" efforts to impress her with expensive gifts may lead to his financial undoing.

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