What’s out there this week?
Walt Disney Pictures presents Apocalypto, a Mayan action-adventure of Oscar winning proportions. Rated R for sequences of graphic violence and disturbing images; way to go Disney! Blood Diamond is a story of two African men with very different backgrounds, but with one quest: finding the pink diamond. Sadly, neither men knows that David Niven beat them to it. Just in time(?) for that special season of love comesThe Holiday. It’s got Jack Black in a romantic role (WTF?), and he’s out to charm Kate Winslet (and get a little, too). Also starring girl hopper Jude Law and “I like them young” Cameron Diaz. Unaccompanied Minors or is it Home Alone 5: Alone in an Airport? Off the Black with Nick Nolte as a lonely drunk who works as an umpire for kid’s baseball games, and who hires one of the kids to pose as his son for his school reunion. Be sure to watch for Pedro Almodóvar’s European and Cannes award winner starring Penélope Cruz, Volver.
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Mel Gibson has the golden touch, or does he? We all know he’s a bit off his rocker, should be interesting to see what he’s come up with now. A master race of Mayans rape and pillage a nearby village for sacrifices, one man escapes and goes on a journey to save his family. Gibson mixes a very small amount of humor within his research of the Mayan culture and a great deal of brutality and violence. Apocalypto is almost 2.5 hours long and spoken in Yucatec (foreign language spoken in the Yucatan); it’s visually stunning, full of action and has very little dialogue. I can’t wait to see how many reviews are written on a comparison to Gibson’s Passion of the Christ.
Projected 4 out of 5 stars. Watch the trailer here.
From the site: Set against the backdrop of the chaos and civil war that enveloped 1990s Sierra Leone, “Blood Diamond” is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories and their circumstances are as different as any can be until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond, the kind of stone that can transform a life…or end it.
Solomon, who has been taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields, finds the extraordinary gem and hides it at great risk, knowing if he is discovered, he will be killed instantly. But he also knows the diamond could not only provide the means to save his wife and daughters from a life as refugees but also help rescue his son, Dia, from an even worse fate as a child soldier.
Archer, who has made his living trading diamonds for arms, learns of Solomon’s hidden stone while in prison for smuggling. He knows a diamond like this is a once-in-a-lifetime find—valuable enough to be his ticket out of Africa and away from the cycle of violence and corruption in which he has been a willing player.
Enter Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an idealistic American journalist who is in Sierra Leone to uncover the truth behind conflict diamonds, exposing the complicity of diamond industry leaders who have chosen profits over principles. Maddy seeks out Archer as a source for her article, but soon finds it is he who needs her even more.
Projected 5 ouf of 5 stars. Watch the trailer here.
Awe, how sweet, two women can’t get it right so they switch homes for the holidays and find that perfect man, suited just for them. If life is that easy, I’m up for a change of address, anybody else game?
Projected 2.5 out of 5 stars. Watch the trailer here.
Five kids are snowed in at an airport on Christmas Eve all alone, not a parent in site. Trying to outwit a pissed off airport official (Lewis Black) the kids try to find their families and bond in the process. Here’s a little silly family holiday humor.
Projected 1.5 out 5 stars. Watch the trailer here.
Off the Black
A teenager, Dave Tibbel (Trevor Morgan), looks towards a alcoholic high school umpire, Ray Cooke (Nick Nolte) as a father figure. As the two become dependent on each other and closer friends, Ray asks Dave to come to his 40th high school reunion as his son. The deception pushes the two together and creates a strong bond.
Projected 3 out of 5 Stars. Watch the trailer here.
From the site: Three generations of women survive the east wind, fire, insanity, superstition and even death by means of goodness, lies and boundless vitality.
They are Raimunda (Pénelope Cruz), who is married to an unemployed labourer and has a teenage daughter (Yohana Cobo); Sole (Lola Dueñas), her sister, who makes a living as a hairdresser; and the mother of both (Carmen Maura), who died in a fire along with her husband. This character appears first to her sister (Chus Lampreave) and then to Sole, although the people with whom she has some unresolved matters are Raimunda and her neighbour in the village, Agustina (Blanca Portillo).
Projected 3.5 out of 5 stars. Watch the trailer here.