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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Battle for Terra,’ ‘The Limits of Control,’ ‘Fighting,’ ‘Obsessed’

I quite liked Battle for Terra (opens in the U.S. on May 1; no U.K. release date has been announced yet) when I saw it at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, when it had the gentler moniker of simply Terra. I guess that was too gentle: everyone likes a good war, right? I’m looking forward to seeing the film again now that it’s been 3D-ized, and also to see if stuff I liked about the movie has been changed — for better or for worse — in the interim. (If stuff has been changed, I’d bet it’s for the worse, of course.)

The Limits of Control (opens in the U.S. on May 1; no U.K. release date has been announced) is Jim Jarmusch’s latest, and all I know is that it’s a crime thriller featuring the awesome cast of Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Gael García Bernal. And that’s all I need to know.

Fighting (opens in the U.S. on April 24, and in the U.K. on May 15) looks gloriously cheesy, don’t it? In fact, that’s about the best I expect from it — that it will be silly but mildly entertaining. The worst? Well, that’s when I get to have fun writing a review…

Ali Larter is a scary office temp in Obsessed (opens in the U.S. on April 24, and in the U.K. on May 29), which Sony has so much confidence in that it won’t bother to screen the movie at all. And I guess you can’t blame them: who needs to know what critics think about a PG13-rated take on Fatal Attraction that was originally titled Oh No She Didn’t. At least Sony is pal enough to offer us a courtesy screening on Friday morning, so I won’t have to pay to see this one. Well, I won’t have to pay with money. I suspect I’ll be paying in other ways.

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  • kevin

    Have you seen The Informers yet? I’m really excited to see that with my wife given the amazing cast.

  • MaryAnn

    I haven’t heard anything about screenings of *The Informers,* so either it’s not opening in NYC, or it’s being handled by some PR agency that I don’t know. Which is possible: there’s always new ones springing up.

  • Kevin

    Are you also skipping the Monster Chronicles movie? I thought you were very into scifi.

  • Keith

    MaryAnn talked about The Mutant Chronicles a little bit in her Trailer Break post back in Febuary. Hehe, looks like that comment she made about one of the four warring corporations being GM was a bit premature.

    I’ve seen it. It was only OK. Don’t think it warrants movie ticket prices. A fairly gray CGI world. Their whole mythology seems fairly preposterous. Thinking back, nothing particularly unique comes to mind.

    Apparently, based on a Pen and Paper role-playing game published by Swedish game studio Target Games; several boardgames, a set of tabletop wargaming rules, and comic books.

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