Vol. LXV, No. 1
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Black Swan (R for graphic sexuality, disturbing violent images, profanity, and drug use). Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) directs this psychological thriller set in New York City about a couple of ballet dancers (Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis) competing to land the lead role in a production of Swan Lake. With Vincent Kassel and Oscar nominees Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG for frightening images and action fantasy sequences). Third installment in the film series based on the C.S. Lewis series of fantasy novels finds Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy Pensie (Georgie Henley), along with their cousin Eustace (Will Poulter), returning to the magical land of Narnia to embark on a dangerous seafaring mission taking them to the edge of the world. Cast includes Simon Pegg and Oscar-winners Liam Neeson and Tilda Swinton.
Country Strong (PG-13 for sexuality, mature themes, and alcohol abuse). Road film about a fading country music star (Gwyneth Paltrow) whose marriage ends in crisis after she and her husband (Tim McGraw) go out on tour with an up-and-coming singer/songwriter Garrett Hedlund) and a beauty queen (Leighton Meester) just breaking into the business.
Fair Game (PG-13 for profanity). The Valerie Plame affair is revisited by this espionage thriller about a CIA Agent (Naomi Watts) whose cover was blown because her diplomat husband (Sean Penn) had publicly questioned the veracity of the Bush administration’s “weapons of mass destruction” rationale for the invasion of Iraq. With Sam Shepard, Bruce McGill, and Ty Burrell.
The Fighter (R for violence, sexuality, drug use, and profanity). Overcoming the odds biopic chronicling light welterweight boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) real life journey on the road to redemption with the help of his half-brother trainer (Christian Bale) leading to a shot at the championship title. With Oscar-nominees Melissa Leo and Amy Adams.
Gulliver’s Travels (PG for action, mild epithets, and brief crude humor). Overhaul of the Jonathan Swift classic, set in the present, stars Jack Black as an aspiring travel writer assigned to investigate the Bermuda Triangle, who ends up on the mysterious island of Lilliput where he towers over its diminutive inhabitants. Cast includes Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, and Billy Connolly.
How Do You Know? (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality). Three-time Academy Award winner James L. Brooks directs this romantic comedy in which a free spirited 27-year-old (Reese Witherspoon) lands in a love triangle where she has trouble deciding between a major league baseball player (Owen Wilson) and a corporate executive (Paul Rudd) who’s just lost his job. Also featuring Jack Nicholson.
The King’s Speech (R for profanity). Drama set in the twenties, recounting the rise to power of shy and retiring King George VI (Colin Firth) with the help of the therapist (Geoffrey Rush) who helped his majesty suppress his stutter. With Claire Bloom as Queen Mary, Michael Gambon as King George V, and Oscar-nominee Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth.
Little Fockers (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, and pervasive sexual humor). Third installment of the series finds overprotective dad (Robert De Niro) questioning whether his underachieving son-in-law (Ben Stiller) will be a good enough provider for his daughter (Teri Polo) and twin grandchildren (Daisy Tahan and Colin Baiocchi). The cast includes Blythe Danner and Oscar winners Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman, as well as nominees Owen Wilson, Harvey Keitel, and Laura Dern.
Made in Dagenham (R for profanity and brief sexuality). Female empowerment film, set in London in 1968, recreating events surrounding the 1968 strike staged at a Ford Motor Company factory by machinists demanding equal pay for women. Cast includes Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, and Bob Hoskins.
Rabbit Hole (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, and mature themes). Drama about a grieving couple (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) whose world comes apart at the seams in the wake of the car accident which claimed the life of their son (Phoenix List). With Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito, and two-time Oscar-winner Dianne Wiest.
Season of the Witch (PG-13 for violence, mature themes, and disturbing content). Supernatural medieval fantasy set in the 14th century and revolving around the exploits of a couple of knights (Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman) commanded by the Church to escort the witch (Claire Foy), suspected of casting a spell causing the outbreak of the black plague, to a monastery.
Tangled (PG for brief violence). Animated adventure, based on the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale Rapunzel, about an extraordinarily long haired princess (Mandy Moore) imprisoned all of her life in a 70-foot-high tower by an evil witch (Donna Murphy), who finally escapes with the help of a handsome bandit (Zachary Levi). Voice cast includes Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor, and Ron Perlman.
The Tourist (PG-13 for violence and brief profanity). English language remake of the French thriller Anthony Zimmer, about an American (Johnny Depp) vacationing in Italy who finds himself falling in love with a manipulative British temptress (Angelina Jolie) being tailed by the police because of her hidden criminal agenda. With Rufus Sewell, Timothy Dalton, and Paul Bettany.
Tron: Legacy (PG for action violence and mild epithets). Science fiction sequel finds the tech-savvy son (Garrett Hedlund) of a missing video game developer (Jeff Bridges) pulled into a parallel cyber universe where he searches for his father with the help of a fearless warrior (Olivia Wilde). Support cast includes Yaya DaCosta, Bruce Boxleitner, and Michael Sheen.
True Grit (PG-13 for intense violence and disturbing images). Coen Brothers remake of the Western about a U.S. Marshal (Jeff Bridges) who helps a 14-yearold girl (Hailee Steinfeld) track down her father’s murderer (Josh Brolin). With Barry Pepper, Ed Corbin, and Oscar-winner Matt Damon.
Yogi Bear (PG for mild rude humor). Combination live action/CGI adventure finds “Smarter than the average bear!” Yogi (Dan Ackroyd) and sidekick Boo-Boo (Justin Timberlake) joining forces with Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to save Jellystone Park from greedy developers. With Anna Faris, Christine Taylor, and T.J. Miller.
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