Friday, November 12, 2010

“Movie stars - Boston Globe” plus 2 more

“Movie stars - Boston Globe” plus 2 more


Movie stars - Boston Globe

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 11:27 PM PST

Previously released Due Date From Todd Phillips, the man who brought us "The Hangover,'' comes a rather pat, occasionally desperate road comedy with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. The most interesting thing about the film is how deluded it is. This is a comedy of misunderstanding. No one, including us, can quite put a finger on what's really happening. (95 min., R) (Wesley Morris)

Fair Game Director Doug Liman takes one of the more shameful sub-chapters in modern US politics — the Bush administration's outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) in retaliation for her ex-diplomat husband Joe Wilson's (Sean Penn) public comments on the Iraq War and turns it into a strident, condescending Hollywood melodrama. (104 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

For Colored Girls Tyler Perry is no stranger to kitchen-sink melodrama. But this version of Ntozake Shange's seminal 1975 play is the kitchen sink, the washing machine, the curling iron, the sofa, and the ironing board. It's Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Razzie. It's astounding. It's terrible. It's astounding. Then terrible again. The giant cast includes Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Phylicia Rashad. (127 min., R) (Wesley Morris)

Four Lions Can a slapstick farce about bumbling terrorists be funny? In theory, but it had better be surer about its aims than this British comedy. Director Chris Morris wants to destroy radical fundamentalism with ridicule, but some good, rude belly laughs don't add up to the savage satire the subject needs. With Riz Ahmed and Nigel Lindsay. (97 min., R) (Ty Burr)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest The robotic final movie based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy is all anticlimax. For one thing, "the girl'' — Lisbeth Salander, the moody, ultra-fit, punk-goth cyber genius — doesn't kick anything until the final 10 minutes. As superb as Noomi Rapace has been up to this point, there's nothing she can do to bring craft or excitement to the act of texting. In Swedish, with English subtitles. (148 min., R) (Wesley Morris)

Megamind How do you make a big entertainment about dissatisfaction? Hire Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt to do the voices, then ask them to enjoy themselves. The comical evil-genius title character (Ferrell) gets bored after vanquishing his flamboyantly noble archenemy (Pitt). The bliss of "Megamind'' is the way it pursues a solution for the tired problems of both superheroes and movies about them. (96 min., PG) (Wesley Morris)

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen The great German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta ("The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum'') gives us a portrait of the medieval nun-mystic-composer as a complex feminist pioneer. It's mature moviemaking in the best sense, with Barbara Sukowa an imperious force of nature in the title role. In German, with subtitles. (110 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

An archive of movie reviews can be found at www.boston.com/movies. Theaters are subject to change.

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Movie review: 'Cool It' - Los Angeles Times

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 12:09 AM PST

If Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" left you feeling as if we've already lost the battle against global warming, "Cool It" is a tantalizing counterpoint that will make you wonder if maybe we've just been going about it the wrong way.

Bjorn Lomborg, the controversial Danish economist/political scientist at the center of filmmaker Ondi Timoner's energetic new documentary, doesn't find Gore's truth inconvenient so much as distorted, a position that has made him about as popular as a toxic spill in many circles both left and right.

The film hits that head on, throwing up a lot of footage early to suggest how radical, and how widely attacked, some of Lomborg's theories have been — the most serious leveled (and later overturned) by the Danish Committee on Scientific Dishonesty against his 2001 bestseller, "The Skeptical Environmentalist." The committee's name says it all. Then Timoner proceeds to knock down each critique so she can get back to the business at hand, which is twofold: dismantling conventional wisdom about global warming as preached by Gore, and providing a range of alternative solutions to the energy alternatives we're currently betting the environmental bank on.


Just how inculcated the precepts of filmmaker Davis Guggenheim's Oscar-winning "An Inconvenient Truth" have become is laid out in the artwork and answers of a classroom of articulate elementary school kids in Britain that Timoner uses to open the film. Their hand-drawn paintings of an Earth mostly covered by water, dying penguins and massive deserts pretty much sum up the current consensus on the toll of unchecked global warming. Their solutions will sound just as familiar: recycling, carbon offsetting, hybrid cars, a lot of light bulb replacement and, as one puts it, "I pray a lot."

Lomborg isn't suggesting we shouldn't worry, but he does resist what he contends are the fear tactics and overstatements being used to get our attention. He is, after all, a numbers guy, so when he convened a think tank to look at how the $250 billion a year the European Union plans to spend on carbon offsets might be better spent, the group was packed with top economists drawn from around the world. Basically, he argues there are ways to divert some of those funds to address poverty, disease and education without slowing things on the global warming front if we look for ways to spend more wisely. Needless to say, he has a few ideas.

With its follow-the-money mind-set, the documentary works its way through problem and solution many times over, always in a brisk, no-nonsense way. By bringing in a diverse group of big thinkers to take part in a very animated, sometimes agitated, discussion, the filmmaker has succeeded in bringing what could have been a very dry mountain of data, theories and experimental research to vibrant life.

Timoner came to the project a skeptic herself, and that serves the film well. Though the charismatic Lomborg is very much the center of the storm, she lines up an impressive number of experts from the environmental and scientific research community to stand on either side of the divide. Nearly every assertion Lomborg makes is met by a devil's advocate — though the late Stephen Schneider, Nobel winner, MacArthur fellow and long a professor of environmental biology at Stanford University, carries much of that load. Still, there is little doubt from the beginning who will win the final round.

Controversial subjects seem to suit the filmmaker. In her last provocation, 2009's "We Live in Public," Timoner followed the boundary-breaking Internet pioneer Josh Harris as he dissolved personal privacy right before our eyes. Whether her subject sharpened her this time or we would have seen it regardless, "Cool It" is her most sophisticated and satisfying work yet. The narrative, which she wrote with Terry Botwick, keeps surprising, the pacing rarely lags (though we could have done with fewer shots of Lomborg biking to work) and cinematographer Nasar Abich Jr. makes the most of the people and landscapes he captures.

As the story shifts from Lomborg to the scientists experimenting with ways to offset global warming, we get a look at the possibilities. The range of ideas is eclectic, from the practical simplicity of cooling cities by changing the color of the streets to highly complex systems designed to alter atmospheric conditions. By suggesting there is light at the end of the global warming tunnel, Timoner has made "Cool It" a hopeful film. We just have to know where to look for the switch.

betsy.sharkey@latimes.com

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New Season of the Witch Movie Trailer - Shockya.com

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 03:05 PM PST

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As a followup to the recently released movie poster, Relativity just released this brand new feature trailer for the film "Season of the Witch" by director Dominic Sena and starring Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Stephen Campbell Moore, Robert Sheehan and Christopher Lee.

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Synopsis: In the supernatural thriller Season of the Witch, Nicolas Cage stars as a 14th century Crusader who returns with his comrade (Ron Perlman) to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch (Claire Foy) to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence.

A priest (Stephen Campbell Moore), a grieving knight (Ulrich Thomsen), an itinerant swindler (Stephen Graham) and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight (Robert Sheehan) join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl.

When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardizes the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force.

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