PICK OF THE WEEK
You may be surprised that this is my pick of the week. Thing is, Coraline
is getting rave reviews with critics saying the animation is just plain jaw-dropping and the movie is nothing short of magical. Based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book, Coraline
is the first 3D, high-definition stop-motion animated feature which features spectacular CG effects. A young girl (Dakota Fanning) walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.
FOREIGN FILM OF THE WEEK
Zen, a girl born from an affair between two members of rival crime syndicates, lives in recluse with her mother. She learns how to fight by absorbing martial arts skills from what she sees on TV and from the Muay Thai boxing school next to her home. When Zen’s mother falls ill she sets out on an ambitious quest to settle the debts still owed from her mother’s gangster days, which leads her to confrontations with dangerous criminals, as well as an unexpected encounter with her father. Critics are saying it's extremely choppy and not terribly well-developed, but the fights are incredibly entertaining. If you like action movies, it's worth a shot.
NO, I WILL NOT GO WATCH THIS WITH YOU!
He's Just Not That Into You
This movie has a star studded cast but is getting bad reviews. Most critics agree that "there are laughs here and there, but of the pleasant, forgettable and often predictable kind, and you keep hoping for something with a little more heft, given the marquee names." In He's Just Not That Into You
a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life, trying to read the signs of the opposite sex--and hoping to be the exceptions to the "no-exceptions" rule.
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