Movies & TV » Film Clips

Film Clips

Capsule reviews of recently reviewed films


Opening Friday

30 DAYS OF NIGHT (R) When the sun doesn't rise for more than 30 consecutive days and nights, vampires feed on the inhabitants of an isolated Alaskan town. David Slade (Hard Candy) directs.

THE COMEBACKS (PG-13) In Tom Brady's (The Hot Chick) spoof on classic sports films Rocky, Field of Dreams and the like, unlucky coach Champ Fields (David Koechner) is hired to coach a talentless and deranged college football team.

THE DARJEELING LIMITED 3 stars (R) See review.


GONE BABY GONE 3 stars (R) See review.

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL (PG-13) Ryan Gosling stars as Lars, a lonely introvert who falls in love with a life-size doll to the dismay of his brother and sister-in-law. Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock) directs.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN 3-D (1993) (PG) The delightful stop-motion animation musical from Tim Burton and director Henry Selick sees the skeletal lord of Halloweentown get Christmas fever, with near-disastrous results. Look for tweaks in the animation to play up the film's re-release in digital 3-D.

RENDITION 2 stars (R) See review.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (PG) Christian Slater plays Moses -- did you ever expect to hear that combination of words? -- in this computer-animated retelling of the Biblical story, featuring such other celebrity voices as Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina and Elliott Gould as God. No, really.

THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE 2 stars (R) See review.

Duly Noted

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964) Richard Lester's Oscar-nominated film about a 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles returns to the big screen. $12. 8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 23. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-4738.

ALICE'S HOUSE (Brazil, 2007) Director Chico Teixeira's film explores the absurdities, tragedies and comedies of everyday life. $5. 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19. High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4400.

DOCUSPAIN: THE MIRACLE OF CANDEAL (Spain, 2005) A celebration of Latin music, Fernando Trueba's film tells the story of how music transforms a gritty Brazilian neighborhood. $5. 8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 18. High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4400.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (R) The cult classic of cult classics, the musical horror spoof follows an all-American couple (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) to the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a drag queen/mad scientist from another galaxy. Midnight, Fri. at Plaza Theatre, and Sat. at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.


3:10 TO YUMA 4 stars (R) Christian Bale plays a tough but indebted rancher hired out to help escort a ruthless, charismatic outlaw (Russell Crowe) to the prison train that gives the film its title. After such revisionist Westerns as Unforgiven and HBO's "Deadwood," director James Mangold (Walk the Line) offers a pleasingly old-fashioned oater full of horses, six-guns, rugged landscapes and even more rugged actors. Crowe has the plum part, but Bale doesn't let him steal the movie. -- Curt Holman

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 3 stars (PG-13) A handful of young Americans and one Liverpudlian sing Beatles songs amid the tumult of the 1960s in this trippy musical from director Julie Taymor (Titus, Frida). The trope of naming characters after Beatles songs, such as central lovers Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), can be ridiculously heavy-handed, but the film's gorgeous visuals, appealing musical numbers and unstated Iraq war subtext keep it from being a baby boomer wallow in nostalgia. -- Holman

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (R) Brad Pitt won Best Actor honors at this year's Venice Film Festival in his potrayal of the legendary robber of the American West, although by all accounts Casey Affleck steals the film as resentful wannabe Robert Ford.

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM 3 stars (PG-13) In the third Bourne movie, amnesiac superspy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) crosses the globe to reclaim his memory and outwit his former CIA spy masters (including David Strathairn). Paul Greengrass also directed the trilogy's previous entry and again masterfully employs shaky camera work and soundtrack percussion to raise the audience's pulse rate; he could make doing laundry unbearably exciting. Nevertheless, given the identical plots (and impassive acting from Julia Stiles) in all three, it's no wonder Bourne can't remember anything. -- Holman

THE BRAVE ONE 3 stars (R) In many ways, this is a classic right-wing vigilante film tweaked with a vengeful lady in the lead. Neil Jordan's tale of a radio DJ (Jodie Foster) who decides to take revenge for her fiancé's murder is an odd choice in a time when misplaced acts of aggression seem legion. But Foster's soulful, guilt-plagued performance, wonderfully complemented by Terrence Howard as the NYC detective who both understands and condemns her rage, do much to distinguish what in other hands might be a simplistic action-movie plot.-- Felicia Feaster


Add a comment