Friday, May 26, 2006

Opening in Dallas, 05/26

by Brian
The Proposition (trailer): Been anxiously awaiting this for a while, after many great reviews, including two from Nick (here and here). Also, I’ve been kicking around the idea for a while that Emily Watson is the best actress working today.

X-Men: The Last Stand (trailer): Normally would have been at the top of the list, but despite the OK from Chris, the Ratner hatred barrier isn’t yet broken. Actually, I should say “Ratner resistance barrier”, since I’ve actually never seen one of his movies, and therefore don’t hate him.

Clean: This has apparently been kicking around the film festivals of the world for two years or so, and now is being given a theatrical release by Palm Pictures, who doesn’t have a website for it. Anyway, Maggie Cheung won Best Actress at Cannes – in 2004 – for her role here as a junkie single mom. Also with Nick Nolte, who’s been pretty great in recent years.

Lemming: Another movie with no website, this time from Strand Releasing. It’s a French film about a troubled relationship, which apparently somehow revolves around a dead rat in the kitchen sink.

Somersault (trailer): Apparently a big-time critical hit in Australia, but I don’t really know much else about it, to be honest.

Keeping Up with the Steins (trailer): I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this trailer a few times, but I just don’t remember it. I’m sure it has its moments but it seems boring.

The Lost City (trailer): Directed by and starring Andy Garcia, and featuring Bill Murray and Dustin Hoffman. The film’s gotten horrible reviews, and I’m a bit wary of a film that rails against Castro by showing how much fun the rich folks were having before he took over. Certainly there must be better critiques of Castro than that.

Sir! No Sir! (trailer): Documentary about Vietnam vets who opposed that war. Normally the films at the bottom of this list are bottom-of-the-barrel trash, but there’s nothing like that coming out this week. But, I know almost nothing about this film, and the subject doesn’t really seem interesting or timely, so it ends up in this spot. Tough luck, really.

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