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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Taken,’ ‘The Uninvited,’ ‘The International,’ ‘New in Town’

Taken (has come and gone from U.K. cinemas, and opens in the U.S. on January 23, 2009) has one of the most perfect trailers I’ve seen in a long time, teasing the movie without giving too much of it away — it’s makes me want to see the movie instead of making me feel like I’ve just seen it. Plus: Liam Neeson is teh hawt.

Rumor round the critical community in NYC was that The Uninvited (opens in the U.S. on January 30, and in the U.K. on April 17) wasn’t going to screen for us reviewers. Either the rumor was wrong or something convinced Paramount (which is distributing the leftover Dreamworks movies) that it was worth getting advanced word out, because they are indeed screening it tonight. Wish me luck — I’m gonna need it.

I’m so glad I’m gonna have the chance to see The International (opens in the U.S. on February 13, and in the U.K. on March 13) before I leave for London next week. If the banks-are-evil theme seemed so of-the-moment back in October, when I featured the trailer, it seems even more so now, with Citicorp thinking it could get away with buying private jets with taxpayer bailout money (it appears to have taken a call from the Treasury Department to smack that idea down) and just about every major bank and investment house handing out huge bonuses to the very people who sank the companies. Maybe they should hand out pitchforks, buckets of tar, and bags of feathers at the exits of showings of this movie…

Someone please stop Renee Zellweger before she commits cinema again. What I’ve seen so far of New in Town (opens in the U.S. on January 30 and in the U.K. on February 27) makes me want to claw my eyes out to prevent myself from seeing any more…

I ended up having to skip my screenings last week of Two Lovers (now playing on HDnet Ultra VOD; opens theatrically in limited releases in the U.S. on February 13, and in the U.K. on February 27) and The Class (opens in limited release in the U.S. on January 30, and in the U.K. on February 27). I managed to catch another screening of Two Lovers yesterday — it’s wonderful, as I expected from James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix — but last week’s was the final screening of The Class. That one opens Friday in NYC, though, so I’m gonna try to catch it then.



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