Vol. LXV, No. 14
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13 for sexuality, brief profanity, and a violent image). Science fiction thriller about a politician (Matt Damon) frustrated by fate while pursuing an affair with a ballet dancer (Emily Blunt). Cast includes Anthony Mackie, Lisa Thoreson, and Michael Kelly, with cameos by Jon Stewart and Chuck Scarborough.
Arthur (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, and substance abuse). Russell Brand stars in this bawdy remake of the Dudley Moore classic about an alcoholic playboy at risk of being disinherited for falling in love with a woman (Greta Gerwig) whom his snobbish mom (Geraldine James) disapproves of. With Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte, and Luiz Guzman.
Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13 for profanity, scenes of destruction, and sustained intense violence). Apocalyptic science fiction film about a marine platoon which represents the last hope for humanity in the wake of an alien invasion. Cast includes Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ne-Yo, Bridget Moynihan, and Cory Hardrict.
Certified Copy (Unrated). Bittersweet drama about a British art historian (William Shimell) who has a rendezvous with a French antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche) from his past while in Tuscany to promote his new book. With Filippo Trojano, Adrian Moore, and Agathe Natanson. In French, Italian, and English with subtitles.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG for mischief and rude humor). Sequel finds the former nerd (Zachary Gordon) resisting pressure from his well meaning parents (Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn) to bond with his big brother/chief tormenter (Devon Bostick). With Robert Capron, Peyton List, and Grayson Russell.
Hannah (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, and intense violence). Action thriller about a 16-year-old (Saoirse Ronan), raised like a soldier by her CIA Agent father (Erik Bana), whose survival skills get tested when she’s abducted and has to brave the elements and outwit assassins during a daring, cross-continent escape. With Cate Blanchett, Tom Hodgkins, and Vicky Krieps.
Hop (PG for mild rude humor). Mixed live-action/animated adventure about a teenager (Russell Brand) who runs away to Hollywood to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a drummer rather than replace his retiring father (Hugh Laurie) as the Easter Bunny. However, the rebellious rabbit comes to reassess his options while being nursed back to health by the slacker (James Marsden) who accidentally hit him with an automobile. Voice cast includes Chelsea Handler, Elizabeth Perkins, and David Hasselhoff.
Insidious (PG-13 for violence, terror, mature themes, frightening images, and brief profanity). Horror film about a couple (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) desperate to prevent evil spirits from inhabiting the body of their son (Ty Simpkins) who can’t be roused from a coma after hitting his head. With Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson, and Andrew Astor.
Jane Eyre (PG-13 for mature themes, a nude image, and brief violence). Aadaptation number 22 of Charlotte Bronte’s Victorian classic about a headstrong young governess (Mia Wasikowska) who, against her better judgment, finds herself falling for her abusive employer (Michael Fassbender). With Dame Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, and Sally Hawkins.
Kill the Irishman (R for profanity, nudity, sexuality, and graphic violence). Factual crime saga recounting the bloody turf war which unfolded during the summer of ’76 between the established Cleveland Mafia and a rival gang created by a renegade mobster (Ray Stevenson). A-list cast includes Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, and Paul Sorvino.
Limitless (PG-13 for profanity, mature themes, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images). Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a frustrated writer whose life is transformed after he is introduced to a top-secret smart drug which enables him to use 100 percent of his brain. With Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, and Anna Friel.
The Lincoln Lawyer (R for violence, sexuality, and profanity). Matthew McConaughey stars in the title role of this courtroom drama about a disgraced criminal defense attorney working out of the back of his car who finally lands a shot at redemption when he’s hired by a Beverly Hills playboy (Ryan Philippe) accused of raping a call girl. With John Leguizamo, Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, and Josh Lucas.
Mars Needs Moms (PG for science fiction action and scenes of peril). Intergalactic animated adventure about a nine-year-old boy (Seth Green) who comes to appreciate his mother (Joan Cusack) only after she is abducted by Martians. Voice cast includes Dan Fogler, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, and Raymond, Ryan, and Robert Ochoa.
Of Gods and Men (PG-13 for brief profanity, disturbing images, and a scene of wartime violence). A movie recounting the real-life slaughter of seven Trappist monks stationed in a monastery in Algeria who were found beheaded after ignoring the warnings of fundamentalist Muslims to vacate the premises. Starring Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, and Olivier Rabourdin. In Arabic and French with subtitles.
Paul (R for profanity, sexual references, and drug use). Science fiction comedy about a couple of nerds (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) who encounter an alien (Seth Rogen) while driving an RV across the desert on their way to a comic book convention in San Diego. Cast includes Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Steven Spielberg, Blythe Danner, and Jeffrey Tambor.
Rango (PG for crude humor, mild epithets, action, and smoking). Computer animated adventure about a chameleon (Johnny Depp) who dreams about morphing into the sheriff of an Old West town plagued by bandits. Voice cast includes Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, and Bill Nighy.
Red Riding Hood (PG-13 for violence, terror, and some sensuality). Overhaul of the Grimm Brothers’ fairytale as a gothic love triangle in which a young woman (Amanda Seyfried) with two suitors (Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons) learns that her sister has been slain under a full moon by the werewolf prowling the forest surrounding their village. With Virginia Madsen, Julie Christie, Gary Oldman, and Billy Burke.
Soul Surfer (PG for mature themes and a graphic accident). Overcoming-the-odds biopic recounting the real life ordeal of Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), the 13-year-old surfer who found the courage to swim in the ocean again after losing an arm in a shark attack off the coast of Hawaii. Supporting cast includes Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Chris Brochu, Carrie Underwood, and Irie Driscoll.
Source Code (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, and profanity). Science fiction thriller about a highly-decorated soldier (Jake Gyllenhaal) who discovers that he’s on a mission to find the terrorist bomber of a Chicago commuter train when he suddenly wakes up in someone else’s body. Cast includes Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, and Michelle Monaghan.
Sucker Punch (PG-13 for mature themes, sexuality, profanity, and violence). Fantasy thriller starring Emily Browning as a teenager institutionalized by her evil stepfather (Gerald Plunkett) who has five days to escape from an insane asylum with the help of four other female inmates (Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, and Jamie Chung) before having to undergo a lobotomy. With Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, and Scott Glenn.
Win Win (Unrated). Comedy about a down-on-his luck attorney (Paul Giamatti) moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach who gets a new lease on life when he stumbles across a star athlete (Alex Shaffer). With Amy Ryan, Burt Young, Jeffrey Tambor, and Melanie Lynskey.
Your Highness (R for nudity, violence, drug use, sexuality, crude humor, and profanity). Medieval farce about a couple of knights (James Franco and Danny McBride) who embark on an epic adventure with an elusive warrior (Natalie Portman) in order to rescue a damsel-in-distress (Zooey Deschanel) kidnapped by an evil wizard (Justin Theroux).
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