my week at the movies: ‘Micmacs,’ ‘Date Night,’ ‘The Secret in Their Eyes,’ ‘Mother and Child’

Micmacs (now playing in the U.K. and available to preorder on Region 2 DVD; opens in the U.S. and Canada on May 28), in which French comedian Dany Boon is a guy with a bullet in his head on a quest to destroy the weapons manufacturer who made the bullet. It’s from Jean-Pierre Jeunet — of A Very Long Engagement and Amelie — so it’s sure to be a charming and delightful tale of destruction and mayhem.

I think I’ve already said everything I have to say about Date Night (opens in the U.S. and Canada on April 9, and in the U.K. on April 21) until I actually see it.

The Secret in Their Eyes (opens in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington DC on April 16; no Canadian or U.K. release dates have been announced) was this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Other than that, I know it’s a thriller from Argentina, and the rest will wait till I see it.
Mother and Child (opens in New York and Los Angeles on May 7; no Canadian or U.K. release dates have been announced) is about three women — Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and Kerry Washington — whose lives have been affected by adoption. Since it’s from Rodrigo Garcia, who made the honest and intriguing Nine Lives a few years ago, I expect it won’t be much like the other movies about women and babies getting thrown at us these days.

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Tue, Apr 06, 2010 4:19pm

I saw “The Secret In Their Eyes” a few weeks ago – I found it quite intriguing (in a good way… it is a suspense film) I personally thought “The Prophet” was a stronger film and should have the Best Foreign Language Oscar, but TSinE was more haunting and stuck with me for quite a while. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

Lanna Lee Maheux-Quinn
Tue, Apr 06, 2010 4:36pm

I am so excited to see Micmacs! I hope it opens somewhere here in Maine. I’d travel to Boston to see it if I had to, loved all of Jeunet’s films.