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my week at the movies: nothing

I’m in Paris this week. Maybe I’ll catch a movie here — at the very least, I’d like to see the inside of a Parisian movie theater. But I’m certainly going to miss the press screenings of the three major releases opening this Friday, April 4, all of which I’ve been really looking forward to.

Nim’s Island has been on my to-see list for a while not because I’ve read the book upon which it’s based (I’d never even heard of it before), but because I discovered that it’s about a little girl having adventures and rescuing her dad. There simply aren’t enough movies about little girls doing cool stuff, and I really like Abigail Breslin (from Little Miss Sunshine and Definitely, Maybe). And then I discovered that the dad is played by Gerard Butler in full-on Indiana Jones mode. So, you know: yum.

I have read the book upon which The Ruins is based — I first wrote about it, and how absolutely horrific it is, and wondered about the movie it would spawn, back in Summer 2006. Author-screenwriter Scott Smith, who turned his novel A Simple Plan into an even better movie, adapts his own novel again this time, but director Carter Smith doesn’t have much of a track record. So I’m only cautiously hopeful for this one.

And of course there’s Leatherheads, George Clooney’s new romantic comedy — he’s starring and directing. Clooney doing screwball comedy in the 1920s is just about irresistible to me.

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  • Jenn

    The Ruins was a great read. It just sucked me in to the story and spooked the crap out of me. The author got the mood and setting just right. Judging by the tv trailers I’ve seen i think they totally wrecked it. I’ll wait to hear reviews, but it isn’t looking good.

  • Hdj

    I’m reading The Ruins at the moment its pretty good I’m half way so hopefully i can finish it before it leaves the theaters, I agree the trailer is So-so but Im gunna check it out, it’ll be interesting to see what they dont use.

  • MaryAnn

    The film won’t screen for critics, which isn’t a good sign…

  • Miguel

    I also hate it when I have to go somewhere and I miss the media screenings! it reminds me how I’m used to (or maybe the word is addicted) to seeing at least four movies a week.

    Don’t miss Nim’s Island, I’d really like to read what you think. I loved it, especially the Gerard Butler scenes when he’s desperately trying to get back to Nim. Those were very intense for me, for personal reasons. I was not too keen on the super cute animals, but well, they’ve got to cater for their ‘target’ audience. Jodie Foster is an absolute screen goddess, and I’m so upset that I missed the Queensland set visit for this one. She’s hilarious as Alexandra Rover.
    BTW, a sequel to the book has been released and it’s called Nim at sea.

    Leatherheads has not been screened in Australia yet, so no comment there.

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