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Movies to see this week (Nov 30, 2007)

November 30th, 2007 by Maxim · No Comments · 2,477 Views


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Opening in theatres:

  • Awake (2007) R - In United States, more then 60,000 people every year experience what’s called “anesthetical awareness”, a condition when anesthesia fails during surgery, so the patient can feel the pain, but because he/she is paralyzed, cannot do anything about it. This is a story of one of the “victims”. Drama/Thriller.
  • Badland (2007) R – Yet another Iraq-related movie about a soldier who comes back from the duty there, but is unable to cope with everyday life and goes on the crime spree across United States. Later he is offered a chance for redemption, which might be as horrible as his crimes. Drama.
  • The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007) PG-13 - a.k.a. “Le scaphandre et le papillon”. True story. A full-of-life person (editor of Elle) gets a stroke at the age of 45, and his entire body is paralyzed – except his left eye. He uses it to blink out his memoir. Based on novel and life-story of Jean-Dominique Bauby. Drama/Biography.
  • The Savages (2007) R - A sister (Laura Linney) and brother (Philip Seymour Hoffman) face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father. Comedy/Drama.
  • Undoing (2006) - A crime drama set in Koreatown of Los Angeles. After mysteriously disappearing, Samuel returns to reconcile the death of his best friend exactly 1 year later. Drama/Thriller.

New DVD releases:

  • Dragon Tiger Gate (2006) – Martial arts action flick.
  • Futurama the movie (2007) – ehm, no explanation necessary.
  • Paprika (2007) – Anime. A device that can record memories is stolen and falls into wrong hands.
  • Bratz: The movie (2007) – Paula Abdul guest-stars in this family movie based on the popular line of fashion-conscious dolls.
  • Free Cinema (1957) – a 3-disk series of shorts and movies representing “Free Cinema” movement in Britain of 50s and 60s.
  • Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007) – Rowan Atkinson returns as Mr. Bean again, this time on the trip to Cannes Film Festival.
  • Far from Poland (1984) – a documentary about 1980 Gdansk shipyard workers strike that began the end of Communism in Poland. Ironically, it was not filmed in Poland and is based on other archive footage, stories of participants, decedents etc.
  • Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers (2006) – Documentary about people who were proud patriots when they were drafter into Hitler’s army.
  • Vietnam: Long Time Coming (1998) – Documentary about experiences of American and Vietnamese veterans when they reunite for a 16-day bicycle ride through Northern and Southern Vietnam.
  • All or nothing at all (1993) – Drama miniseries with Hugh Laurie who plays a financial analyst who gambles a lot.
  • The Namesake (2006) – a though-provoking coming-of-age drama exploring first-generation Americans struggling with assimilation.
  • Jimmy Hendrix (2006) – documentary profiling life and career of Jimmy Hendrix.

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