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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ ‘Cop Out,’ ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘A Prophet (Un Prophète),’ ‘The Crazies,’ ‘The Art of the Steal’

Looks like Ethan Hawke got a promotion from his Los Angeles Training Day and a crosscountry transfer to serve with Brooklyn’s Finest (opens in the U.S. and Canada on March 5; no U.K. release date has been announced). Looks intense

And then there’s Cop Out (opens in the U.S. and Canada on February 26, and in the U.K. on April 16), in which Kevin Smith sells out to Hollywood and makes a dumb buddy action cop comedy. I’m dreaming of a crossover in which the guys from Brooklyn’s Finest investigate the countless felonies and departmental offenses Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan commit in the course of this movie, and then kick their asses.

It’ll happen less than 48 hours before the film opens, but I’m sorta surprised that Overture is screening The Crazies (opens in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. on February 26) at all. I figured everyone had pretty much given up on horror movies — and in particular remakes of horror movies — being worth showing to critics, since we invariably trash them and even then, no one cares. Still… Tim Olyphant. *sigh*

And The Secret of Kells (opens in limited release in Canada on February 26, and in limited release in the U.S. on March 2; no U.K. release date has been announced) got nominated for a Best Animated Feature Film Oscar how? No one had even heard of this film. Hardly anyone had seen it (except, obviously, members of the Academy). At this point, I’m just glad I’ll be able to see it before I have to make my Oscar predictions…

Ditto A Prophet (Un Prophète) (now playing in the U.K.; opens in limited release in the U.S. and Canada on February 26), Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film… except I’ve only seen one of the other nominees in this category, so I’m gonna be guessing anyway. This film is about an Arab in a French prison who ends up kingpin of a behind-bars gang. Fun for the whole family!

I won’t attend a screening of the documentary The Art of the Steal, about issues of ownership of great works of fine art, because it’ll be available on IFC on Demand on the same day it opens in New York and Philadelphia: February 26 (no Canadian or U.K. release dates have been announced). Then again, I still haven’t had a chance to catch up with the British film Fish Tank, which is also available on IFC on Demand. I need more hours in the day…



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