Movies to see this weekend (Feb 08, 2008)
February 7th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 3,343 Views
Opening in theatres in wide release:
- Fool’s Gold (2008) PG-13 113min – Action/Adventure/Romance. Matthew McConaughey plays Ben Finn Finnegan, a treasure hunter on the hunt for legendary 1715 century Queen’s Dowry lost at sea, while trying to keep his wife Tess Finnegan (Kate Hudson) from leaving him. Ben Finn discovers a clue and convinces owner of the yacht where his wife’s is working to go after the treasure. But they aren’t the only ones who know about it – his mentor also wants to claim it.
- Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) PG-13 – Comedy. A.k.a. The Better Man. Martin Lawrence plays a successful talk show host who was picked on by his family when he was a kid, heads home to Georgia to the parent’s 50th anniversary with his 10-year old son and diva bride-to-be. He plans to prove to his parents that he has it made. But his family calls him on his attitude and he takes a hard look at what kind of man he had become
Opening in select theatres:
- The Band’s Visit (2007) PG-13 1h 26min – Art/Foreign(Israel/France/USA)/Comedy/Drama/Musical.
A.k.a. Bikur Ha-Tizmoret. A small brass band comprised of members of Egyptian Police arrives in Israel for the ceremony at the Arab center. When they are left stranded at the airport, the band tries to make their way on their own, only to find themselves lost in a desolate, small Israeli town in the heart of the desert. This movie about Israeli-Egyptian relations has 28 wins and 8 nominations.
- The Hottie and The Nottie (2008) PG-13 1h 31min – Comedy/Romance. Paris Hilton stars as Christabelle Abbott, a hot woman that Nate (Joel Moore) has been in love with since childhood. Nate moves to Los Angeles to track her down, but as he was trying to get rid of Christabelle’s [not as hot] best friend June (Christine Lakin), he ended up falling for her.
- In Bruges (2008) R 1h 41min – Action/Adventure/Comedy/Drama.
Collin Farrel and Ralph Fiennes star as two hitmen who are cooling off in Bruges, Belgium after a bloodbath in London. They have weird encounters with locals, tourists, medieval art in this surreal place, so when their boss calls them in, their vacation becomes a life-and-death struggle.
- Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show (2008) R 1h 30min – Comedy/Documentary.
The compilation of Vince Vaughn’s 2007 comedy tour across the country from Hollywood to the Heartland, performing 30 shows in 30 days.
New on DVD:
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) R 159min – Action/Adventure/Drama/Western. After Robert Ford (Casey Affleck, in an Oscar-nominated role) joins the most notorious gang in the West, he grows tired of the charismatic Jesse James (Brad Pitt) and begins to resent his fame. But by hatching a scheme to gun down James, Ford risks forever being branded a coward. Sam Shepard, Sam Rockwell, Mary-Louise Parker and Michael Parks also star in director Andrew Dominik’s riveting Wild West drama adapted from Ron Hansen’s acclaimed novel.Nominated for 2 Oscars with other 2 wins and 19 nominations. Available on DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.
- Born To Battle (1935) NR 56min – Classic/Western/B&W. In this little-known 1935 Western directed by Harry Webb, one of Hollywood’s first tough guys, Tom Tyler, stars as “Cyclone” Tom Saunders — a ne’er-do-well hired by a rancher to stop a rash of cattle rustlings. Before long,”Cyclone” gets entangled in a full-scale war between the ranchers’ association and the villainous black hats running roughshod over the town. The supporting cast includes Jean Carmen and Earl Dwire.
- Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) PG-13 115min – Drama/Biographic/Romance/Historical/Epic.Reprising her Oscar-nominated role from 1998’s Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett is once again at the head of the cast as the Virgin Queen (earning her another Oscar nod) in this Shekhar Kapur-directed sequel to that film. Focusing on the queen’s tempestuous relationship with the adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh, the film also stars Clive Owen (as Raleigh), Geoffrey Rush (as Sir Francis Walsingham) and Samantha Morton (as Mary, Queen of Scots).
Available on DVD and HD-DVD.
- Dresden (2006) NR 180min – Drama/Romance/TV/War/Foreign (Germany).At a Dresden hospital in 1945, nurse Anna Mauth (Felicitas Woll) cares for badly injured British pilot Robert Newman (John Light), whom Anna believes to be a German deserter. As Allied forces close in, Anna grows close to Robert despite her engagement to Dr. Alexander Wenninger (Benjamin Sadler). The gripping historical romance won the 2006 German Television Award for Best Movie Made for Television.
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