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my week at the movies: ‘We Own the Night,’ ‘American Gangster,’ ‘The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising,’ ‘Reservation Road,’ ‘Redacted’

I’m swamped with other stuff at the moment, so I could be seeing a lot more movies than I am this week. But there’s some choice stuff here. Like We Own the Night [opens wide October 12], written and directed by James Gray, who made the underappreciated The Yards. I’m getting a little bit of a Departed vibe off this one — you know, the guys who are two sides of the same coin, the thin line between cop and criminal, that kind of thing. Plus, with both Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg, it’s gotta be explosive, right?

Speaking of explosive costars, the plan is that I’ll catch American Gangster [opens wide November 2] this week; my plans to see it a couple weeks ago were thwarted.

Kiddie fantasy alert! The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising is coming! It’s something about immortals and jumping around in time and — naturally — fighting evil. I ask you, could they possibly be more trying to invoke both Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings with this poster? All’s I know is, Christopher (Doctor Who) Eccleston is in this, so I’ll be at least a little bit happy with it. But wait! Director David L. Cunningham also vomited forth the abomination Path to 9/11, so… ewww? [opens wide October 5]

Also on my radar for this week: Reservation Road [opens limited October 19], from director Terry George (who gave us the devastating Hotel Rwanda) and based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz. My boy Joaquin is in this one too, so that alone has me psyched for it. And then there’s Redacted [opens limited November 16], Brian De Palma’s fictional take, starring a cast of unknowns, on the real-life horror of what’s going on in Iraq, and how the media filters that reality. The thoughtful — that is to say, the not-at-all-thoughtful — are already calling this anti-American propaganda, so watch for fireworks surrounding this one once it actually opens.

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  • westcoastgeek

    I always loved “The Dark Is Rising” series when I was a kid…it will be a little depressing if they don’t put a lot of effort into making this story great.

  • Julie

    Will you be posting reviews for We Own the Night and Reservation Road?–I’m really anticipating them both. Phoenix is a one-man phenomenon on screen.

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