Cinephilia: Opening This Week
Looks like the weekend is going to be beautiful, again. Perfect weather for, ahem, sitting in a darkened air-conditioned room watching a flickering light on a screen. And Hollywood has come to the party with a couple of films that are going to make sitting in the sunshine seem like the most natural thing in the world.
Sly Stallone brings John Rambo out of retirement for his first film since 1988 at Readings and Regent-on-Manners. Living in quiet retirement in Thailand, Rambo is forced back into action to rescue Christian missionaries in Burma. In Rambo tradition it’s rated R18 for violence and offensive language.
The second asia-horror-remake to come out in two weeks (Shutter was last week) is The Eye. Jessica Alba plays a blind woman who gets a haunted cornea transplant and can see more than she bargained for. Readings and Regent-on-Manners.
[The rest of this week’s new releases after the jump]
I’m more hopeful about Gone Baby Gone, a thriller from a novel by Dennis “Mystic River” Lehane. Directed by first-timer Ben Affleck and starring his little brother Casey (brilliant in The Assassination of Jesse James). Casey plays a private eye on a personal quest to find out has who abducted a young child while the authorities continue to draw a blank. Readings exclusive.
Bonneville is a road movie with a great cast (Jessica Lange, Joan Allen, Kathy Bates) about three women taking the ashes of one of their dead husbands to Santa Barbara to his resentful daughter. A Bonneville is the convertible they use for the journey. Penthouse and Rialto.
All these films will be reviewed at Funerals & Snakes next Wednesday (along with the stragglers Shutter and Drillbit Taylor).