New Releases for the Week of January 15, 2010

The Book of Eli

In the future, rigatoni will become humongous and world hunger will be solved.

THE BOOK OF ELI

(Warner Brothers) Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Tom Waits, Michael Gambon. Directed by Allen & Albert Hughes

A lone man wanders the desert, hard eyes squinting in the soul-baking sun. He speaks only when he needs to and even then with an impressive economy of words. Nobody knows his name; nobody wants to for everywhere he goes he brings death with him. What nobody understands is that he also holds the key to redemption in the form of a mysterious book. No, we’re not talking Clint Eastwood in the Wild West here; it’s Denzel in the post-apocalyptic future. Denzel may be a high plains drifter, he may even be dirty and hairy but what he’s not is good, bad and ugly. Well, two out of three anyway.

See the trailer and clips here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: R (for some brutal violence and language)

A Single Man

(Weinstein) Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin. A British college professor living in the Los Angeles of the early 1960s must come to terms with the sudden and unexpected death of his romantic partner. As being out of the closet was impossible in that era as the closet door had been nailed shut and then the door set ablaze, he struggles to find meaning in a life that has lost it. He begins to find some kindred spirits, some unexpected as he learns about the frailty of the human condition and in particular of the human heart. Firth’s performance is widely being proclaimed a leading Oscar contender this year.

See the trailer and clips here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: R (for some disturbing images and nudity/sexual content)

The Lovely Bones

(DreamWorks) Soairse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Rachel Weisz. You would think that once you die, your troubles are over. When 14-year-old Susie Salmon is murdered, she thinks so at first as well, going to a world that is wondrous and beautiful. However, she is haunted by her killer and concerned for the well-being of her family and must weigh her desire for vengeance against her need to help her family begin to heal. Peter Jackson directs from the acclaimed Alice Sebold best-seller.

See the trailer and clips here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language)

The Spy Next Door

(Lionsgate) Jackie Chan, Madeline Carroll, Amber Valletta, George Lopez. When an undercover superspy from the CIA (by way of Hong Kong) decides to hang up his silencer for good to settle down with his girlfriend, he finds winning over her three children a more difficult task than smuggling plutonium out of Chernobyl. However when one of those children inadvertently downloads a top secret formula from the spy’s computer, it draws the wrong kind of attention and Bob Ho (thanks for the memories dude) the spy finds not only must he win over her kids, he has to save their lives as well (the next sound you’ll hear is Vin Diesel mock sneezing “RIPOFF!” into a clenched fist).

See the trailer and clips here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: PG (for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor)

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