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my week at the movies: ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘The Runaways,’ ‘Chloe,’ ‘Stolen’

UPDATE: Added last-minute screenings this week of Our Family Wedding (opens in the U.S. and Canada on March 12; no U.K. release date has been announced; trailer here) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (opens in the U.K. on March 10, in the U.S. on March 19; it played theatrically last spring in Canada, but is not yet available on DVD; trailer here), which I had to skip a few weeks back because of snowpocalyse.

I’m still on Disney’s shitlist — they won’t even answer my emails (which are as polite and professional as always) — so I was not at tonight’s press screening of Alice in Wonderland (opens in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. on March 5). As is invariably the case when there’s a new Disney or Buena Vista film screening in NYC, more than one of my fellow critics invites me to join them at the screenings as their guest. But I refuse to play that kind of game, even assuming that I could get by the Disney gatekeepers, who certainly know me. But I’ll catch a public showing on Friday night and have a review up as soon as possible over the weekend.

The Runaways (opens in the U.S. and Canada on March 19; no U.K. release date has been announced) is the biopic of the band of the same name, starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie — apparently, they do their own singing, too!

Atom Egoyan has a new movie: Chloe (opens in the U.K. on March 5, and in the U.S. and Canada on March 26) stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried, which appears to be some sort of sexual thriller involving sexual addiction, infidelity, family secrets, and betrayal. Okay, then.
I won’t attend a screening of Stolen, the missing-child drama starring Jon Hamm and Josh Lucas, but I will try to catch it on demand this week (or as soon as possible): it debuts on IFC on Demand on March 3, and opens theatrically in New York on March 12 and in Los Angeles on March 19; no Canadian or U.K. release dates have been announced.



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  • Stephenie

    Maybe I missed something but what exactly did you do to annoy Disney?

  • aquila6

    I have heard through the grapevine that the new Alice in Wonderland movie is a complete disaster: It doesn’t even follow the storyline of Carroll’s original story, but rehashes the story using the characters from the original. Supposedly, Disney realizes this and they are pushing the DVD release date up very early already.

    I don’t think you’re missing anything.

  • LaSargenta

    …what exactly did you do to annoy Disney?

    http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2009/03/030809disney_does_not_want_me_to_see.html

    Best I can do from the search function here.

  • Bluejay

    It doesn’t even follow the storyline of Carroll’s original story, but rehashes the story using the characters from the original.

    I thought this was intentional; the plot is about Alice returning to Wonderland after several years. I wonder if the bad buzz is partly about people expecting a straight retelling instead of a continuation.

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