Our Picks for the Week of Friday, December 9 ‚Äî Thursday, December 15
Please Note: We are only reviewing independent films at this time. This will change in the near future.
This is our Pick of the Weekend. That ends on Tuesday when King Kong hits the screens (see below).
Synopsis: From writer/director Stephen Gaghan, winner of the Best Screenplay Academy Award for “Traffic,” comes Syriana, a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigues and corruption of the global oil industry. From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, the film’s multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. (Warner Bros.)
Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Jeffrey Wright, Tim Blake Nelson, Christopher Plummer, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, and Mazhar Munir. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. Drama, Suspense/Thriller. Rated R.
Memoirs of a Geisha
Synopsis: Set in a mysterious and exotic world which still casts a potent spell today, the story begins in the years before World War II, when a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work as a servant in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Saguri. Beautiful and accomplished, Saguri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man beyond her reach. (Sony Pictures)
Starring Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, K?¥ji Yakusho, Kaori Momoi, Youki Kudoh, Li Gong, and Kenneth Tsang. Directed by Rob Marshall. Drama, Romance. Rated PG-13.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Synopsis: C.S. Lewis’ timeless adventure follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings — Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter — in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of hide-and-seek in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch’s powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis’ icy spell forever. (Walt Disney Pictures / Walden Media)
Starring Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, and Kiran Shah. Directed by Andrew Adamson. Action, Adventure, Drama, Family/Kids, Fantasy. Rated PG.
Synopsis: In the winter of 1971, a month after the revelations of the My Lai massacre, a public inquiry into war crimes committed by American forces in Vietnam was held at a motel in Detroit. Organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War with support from Jane Fonda and Mark Lane, more than 125 veterans (including the young John Kerry) spoke of atrocities they had witnessed and committed. Though attended by press and television news crews, almost nothing was reported to the American public. This rarely-seen documentary eerily reminds us that recent tortures and murders of prisoners held in detention by the American military may not be as unprecedented as the government claims.
Produced and Directed by the Winterfilm Collective. Documentary. Rated NR. Synopsis provided by the Winterfilm Collective.
Opening Tuesday night at 12:01am >>
King Kong starts Tuesday at midnight. Photo ¬© Buena Vista
I’m already betting on King Kong to be the best movie of the year. Either way, I’ll be the geek at the front of the line when it opens at 12:01 am Tuesday night (Thursday morning). it’s finally here. Sorry, I’m totally geeking out. This is our Pick of the Week and possibly the year.
Synopsis: Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) helms the dramatic adventure King Kong, bringing his sweeping cinematic vision to the iconic story of the gigantic ape captured in the wild and brought to civilization where he meets his tragic fate. (Universal Studios)
Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, Kyle Chandler, Lobo Chan, and Thomas Kretschmann. Directed by Peter Jackson. Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Suspense/Thriller. Rated PG-13.
Still Playing & Recommended:
Capote, Darwin’s Nightmare, Good Night & Good Luck, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Jesus is Magic, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Machuca, Paradise Now, Pride & Prejudice, The Squid and the Whale, Walk the Line