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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Harry Brown,’ ‘Death at a Funeral’

It’s another slow movie week for me. If only I’d bought the recently released Region 2 DVD of Harry Brown (opens in the U.S. and Canada on April 30; it played in the U.K. last autumn), I could have skipped a screening altogether. But what the hell: I gotta go downtown for something else today anyway. Michael Caine as an elderly London vigilante is surely worth a few laughs, or thrills, or something that should be seen on a big screen, right?

The only press screening of Neil LaBute’s mysterious remake Death at a Funeral (opens in the U.S. and Canada on April 16, and in the U.K. on June 4) conflicts with the BBC America Doctor Who event on Wednesday night, so guess which one I’ll be going to? Still, if I feel strongly enough about a film to be officially Dreading It, I feel a certain obligation to check it out and see if my suspicions are justified, so I will catch the new film on Friday or Saturday, after it’s opened. I’m also morbidly curious to discover if there could be any point whatsoever in remaking a British film that’s only three years old and was already sheer perfection and outrageously funny. It’s not even as if people have to read subtitles to watch it. I don’t get it at all…



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  • heh. Maybe some American audiences DO need subtitles for British films. Or pop-up video-like explanations of why things are funny even if they don’t focus on a kick to the crotch. B)

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