This Week in Film…

Our Picks for the Week of Friday, December 2 — Thursday, December 8

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Darwin's Nightmare posterDarwin’s Nightmare

Synopsis: When the Nile perch, a voracious predator, was introduced into Africa’s Lake Victoria as a scientific experiment, the new fish extinguished most of the native species, but multiplied so fast its white fillets are today exported around the world. Huge cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo: Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent. This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance among an army of local fishermen, World Bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.

“I could make the same kind of movie in Sierra Leone, only the fish would be diamonds, in Honduras, bananas, and in Libya, Nigeria or Angola, crude oil.” — Director Hubert Sauper

Official Site | Now Playing at E Street Cinemas.

Winner of 16 international film awards and our pick of the week.

Written & Directed by Hubert Sauper. Documentary. Rated NR. Synopsis provided by Celluloid Dreams.

Aeon Flux posterAeon Flux

I really wanted to tell you to go and see this film. I also wanted to tell you that Aeon Flux was amazing and did justice to the its roots as a highly praised animated series on MTV. However, Paramount Pictures never released a screening for critics and, as we all know, that usually means that this will be film will be a real rotten tomato. So, I am not recommending this film, I am actually telling you to see this film at your own risk. As a fan of the original animated series, I’m going to try to forget that this film was ever made.

Synopsis: In this futuristic sci-fi thriller set 400 years in the future, Charlize Theron stars as Aeon Flux, the top underground operative at war with the totalitarian regime governing what appears to be a perfect society. But is this perfect life hiding a perfect lie? Aeon is on the front lines of a rebellion that will reveal a world of secrets.

Official Site | Metacritic Reviews | View the Trailer

Starring Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Frances McDormand, Pete Postlethwaite, Amelia Warner, and Caroline Chikezie. Directed by Karyn Kusama. Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Suspense/Thriller. Rated PG13. Synopsis provided by Paramount Pictures.

Still Playing & Recommended:

Capote, Good Night & Good Luck, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Jesus is Magic, Machuca, Paradise Now, Pride & Prejudice, The Squid and the Whale, Walk the Line