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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘Inception,’ ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,’ ‘The Concert’

U.S. AND CANADA/OPENING WIDE

Inception: Leonardo DiCaprio will blow your mind… much as other thieves blow vaults.

If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try:

Memento (2000): Christopher Nolan plays with the depths of the human mind and the limits to which narrative time can be stretched in both films.
Catch Me If You Can (2002): For Leonardo DiCaprio as a more traditional kind of crook, one who turns check kiting and identity theft into performance art.
The Matrix (1999): “It’s all in your mind” has a different meaning here, but the power of our minds to control our realities plays out in similar ways.
Brainstorm (1983): In which scientists Louise Fletcher and Christopher Walken invent a device that can record a person’s experience to be played back and shared with others.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Do you buy Nicolas Cage as an ancient wizard? Nah, me neither.

If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try:

Fantasia (1940): The Disney animated anthology that provided the basis for Cage and Jay Baruchel’s misadventures, in the short of the same name.
Underworld (2003): For one of the rare big-screen attempts to bring fantasy onto our city streets; here it’s vampires and werewolves and rain-slicked cobblestoned Euro streets.
The Dresden Files (2007): For a small-screen example of urban fantasy, about a wizard private eye. (Cage was a producer.)
Ghost Rider (2007): If you really need more Nicolas Cage in truly terrible fantasy; laugh along here as he portrays a motorcycle-riding devil-powered vigilante.
U.K.

Inception: See above.

The Concert: Looks kinda like a French Brassed Off, kinda — it’s a comedy about a bunch of misfits who impersonate a famous orchestra.


Where to buy/watch:
Brainstorm [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.]
Catch Me If You Can [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]
The Dresden Files [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]
Fantasia [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]
Ghost Rider [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]
The Matrix [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]
Memento [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]
Underworld [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]



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