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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Sunshine Cleaning,’ ‘The Great Buck Howard’

I was supposed to check out two indie films yesterday, but there was half a foot of snow on the ground, so I skipped ’em. Fortunately there will be other screenings of those films, so no big loss.

The snow has stopped and it’s sunny today, but at the moment here in NYC, it’s 16 degrees, with a wind chill of 0, but nothing will stop me from venturing out later for a screening of Watchmen (opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on March 6). The insanity around this movie would be enough to sour me on it before I see it, if I were the kind of person who responded that way to overhyping. Instead, I’ll just shut it out and — hopefully — actually enjoy the movie for what it is. I’ve been reading the comic in preparation, so I’m ready…
Sunshine Cleaning (opens in the U.S. in limited release on March 13, and wide on March 27; no U.K. release date has been announced) is the followup film from Sylvia director Christina Jeffs, and it looks like it could be this year’s Little Miss Sunshine. It even features Alan Arkin in what promises to be a quirky role, though that’s only a supporting character: the leads of Amy Adams and Emily Blunt — two of the most appealing, funniest women in movies today — as sisters who start one of those businesses that clean up the mess after murders, suicides, and other unpleasant events.

John Malkovich is The Great Buck Howard (opens in the U.S. on March 20; no U.K. release date has been announced), a once famous stage illusionist who takes on a new assistant in Colin Hanks. Hey, Emily Blunt is in this one too, as the publicist who puts Howard back in the spotlight. Sounds like fun.



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