Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin as exes with a crush
Big musical from Rob Marshall
Robert Downey, J
ALVIN AND THE CHIMPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL
The title says it all!
1. DISTRICT 9:
An outstanding sci-fi film set in South Africa as a huge alien ship parks itself in the air over Johannesburg … for years! Over time, its inhabitants, huge, crustacean creatures, become residents of slums and in effect are second-class citizens. A TV reporter making a documentary (Sharlto Copley) goes into the ghetto for his interviews. Exceptional film! Rated 14A.
2. ALL ABOUT STEVE:
Not Sandra Bullock’s best work, and not Brad Cooper’s either, but I still liked this oddball rom-com with Bullock’s character a fired newspaper crossword puzzle creator, and Cooper’s a TV newsman with whom she becomes obsessed. He goes on the road after a story, and she follows him, convinced that he feels the same way about her that she feels about him. He doesn’t! Rated PG.
3. BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT:
Even though this one made it into very few theatres, it’s a pretty good thriller. A TV reporter (Jesse Metcalfe) believes that the DA, and candidate for Governor (Michael Douglas) is planting DNA evidence to convict innocent people so he looks like a crime-buster. His assistant (Amber Tamblyn) is the object of the reporter’s affections, and he hatches a bizarre plot to uncover the truth. You think you see the twists coming … but you do not! Rated 14A.
4. DISTRICT 9:
Director Neil Blomkamp worked with Peter Jackson and was given a $25 million budget to do whatever he wanted. This is the result, and it’s great!
Bill Murray is Frank Cross, a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge complete with three ghosts. Watch for the street scene in which the carolers accost Cross … one of them is Paul Schaffer!
Outstanding visual spectacle from James Cameron who has created an incredibly believable world in 3D. A landmark film!
DID YOU HEARD ABOUT THE MORGANS?
Serviceable com-com with a good turn by Hugh Grant as a husband in trouble.