This Weekend’s Movies

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The Book of Eli: Denzel Washington in a post-apocalyptic world; sort of Christian-themed, says The New Yorker.
The Lovely Bones: Peter (Lord of the Rings) Jackson’s take on dead-girl novel.
The Spy Next Door: I don’t know, which I’m taking as a sign.
Daybreakers: Ethan Hawke as a “vampire hematologist.”
Leap Year: Amy Adams as a woman who goes to Ireland to propose to a guy but falls for the
pretty second-prettiest guy from A Single Man. Joke’s on her!
Youth in Revolt: Superbad‘s Michael Cera a a nebbish and his sexed-up French alter ego. Unrelated, or maybe not, I just saw (500) Days of Summer—which Cera wasn’t in but could’ve been—and quite enjoyed it. Also, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which Cera was in, was pretty darn good…..
• Also: It’s Complicated (Streep, Baldwin, Martin), Sherlock Holmes: Fistfighter (Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law), Avatar in 3D (blue creatures), Up in the Air (Clooney), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus: Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam’s world.
Broken Embraces: Almodóvar’s latest melodrama.
The Road: Yaaaawwwwn.

The Last Station: Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy, Helen Mirren as his wife, Paul Giamatti as—what is he doing in this movie?—and James McAvoy as their plaything; the preview is cute.
Crazy Heart: Jeff Bridges as past-his-prime C&W singer.
Invictus: Freeman as Mandela, Damon as rugby player.
A Single Man: Designer Tom Ford’s take on Christopher Isherwood, with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.

Fish Tank: Poor British teenage girl; very well reviewed.
House: Japanese gonzo cult haunted-house film from the ’70s in its first U.S. theatrical release (even reading the NYT’s review is a trip)
• Also: Police, Adjective; Antichrist (let it go already); Garbage Dreams; My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done; In Search of Memory; Pierrot le Fou; Showgirls (“We take the cash, we cash the check, we show ’em what they wanna see”); Sita Sings the Blues; Unbeaten; and White Lightnin’.


I’ll Come Running (Fri. 7:30 p.m.): Comedy and tragedy in Denmark.
My Winnipeg (Fri., 10:30 p.m.): Guy Maddin’s “hilariously wacky and profoundly touching goodbye letter to his childhood hometown.”
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (Sat., 8 p.m.): Peter Greenaway’s shocking—for 1989—tale, with Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren.
Muppets Take Manhattan: Sing-Along (Sat., 11 p.m.): $13 ticket includes one beer.


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