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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Whiteout,’ ‘Crude,’ ‘Bright Star,’ ‘The Other Man’

2nd UPDATE: This week is turning insane. I’ve just added screenings of Jennifer’s Body (opens in the U.S. on September 18, and in the U.K. on November 6) — the Megan Fox-as-not-just-high-school-evil flick — and another upcoming movie that I’ve been asked not to say anything about yet (but I’ll let know more as soon as I can), and I’ll attend a public screening of My One and Only (now playing in New York and Los Angeles, and expanding across North America; no U.K. release date has been announced), based on the actor George Hamilton’s youth, starring Logan Lerman as the teenage Hamilton and Renee Zellweger as his mother. *phew*

UPDATE: Gotta switch out for my screening of The Other Man for one of The Informant! (opens in the U.S. on September 18, and in the U.K. on November 20), Steven Soderbergh’s new flick; see the trailer here.

In Antarctica, no one can hear you scream. Or maybe it’s that they can see you screaming because of all the snow blowing around. I forget. Anyway, I’m sure Kate Beckinsale will do some screaming in Whiteout (opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on September 11), so maybe we’ll find out. Doesn’t she look pretty all cold and icicled over and freezing her ass of? Maybe she’d like a hot, steamy shower

Is there anything more evil than oil companies? Probably not. Documentarian Joe Berlinger looks at the people who took on the polluting bastards at Chevron in Crude (opens in the U.S. on September 9; no U.K. release date has been announced), which looks to be as intriguing as his other films have been.

Bright Star (opening in the U.S. on September 18, and in the U.K. on November 6) is Jane Campion’s new movie, about the poet John Keats and his romance with Fanny Brawne, who inspired all his poetry, or something. Oh, and then he dies tragically at a young age. Oops, hope I didn’t spoil it for you.

Director and screenwriter Richard Eyre gave us Notes on a Scandal. He based his latest film on a short story by Bernhard Schlink, who wrote the novel that The Reader was based on. Are we looking at a potential Oscar nominee, then, in The Other Man (opens in the U.S. on September 11; no U.K. release date has been announced)? I dunno. All I know is that it stars Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, and Antonio Banderas, and that’s good enough to get me interested.



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  • MaSch

    I can’t help myself, but with this cast: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, and Antonio Banderas, they could have gone the whole distance and made “The McKinseys meet Zorro”.

    The Oscar potential would have been lower, but the concept would have been fun!

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