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Cinephilia: Opening This Week

by Dan on October 25, 2007 in Film

Eastern Promises posterViggo Mortensen reunites with director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) for the acclaimed new drama Eastern Promises, set deep in the underbelly of present day London among the vicious Russian mafia. Naomi Watts plays a midwife investigating the death of a young prostitute whose diary leads to kingpin Armin Mueller-Stahl. Viggo plays his mysterious driver. Readings and Queensgate.

Fracture is a twisty courtroom thriller starring Ryan Gosling (just pulled/pushed out of The Lovely Bones) and Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins plays Ted Crawford, accused of murdering his wife; Gosling is the ambitious Deputy DA who sees this case as his ticket out to the big money corporate world but the case proves more complicated than it first appears. Readings, Empire and Queensgate.

[The rest of this week’s new releases after the jump.]

Finally getting a theatrical release after featuring prominently at the Showcase back in March is Aussie drama Suburban Mayhem. Starring Emily Barclay from In My father’s Den it was described by this reviewer as “mean-spirited”: Paramount and Rialto. Also returning, but from the main Festival this time, is Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, adapted from a story by the wonderful Alice Munro: Penthouse only.

Sequel of the week is Resident Evil: Extinction starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter from “Heroes” and singer Ashanti. Playing from today at Readings, Regent-on-Manners and Queensgate.

Suburban Mayhem was briefly reviewed at Funerals & Snakes back in March, the others will appear next week.

Dan Slevin

A refugee from Thatcher's Britain, 30 years ago Dan Slevin produced and hosted the Radio Active guide to cultural Wellington, Asleep At The Wheel. Since then he has bounced around various creative endeavours including co-owning and managing the Paramount between 2002 and 2005. For six years he was the Capital Times film reviewer and is now a regular contributor to RNZ on the Widescreen movie page and on Jesse Mulligan's afternoon programme. His collected film reviews can be browsed free of charge at Funerals & Snakes. His day job is Marketing and Communications Manager for Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School.

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