Movie ReviewsReviews of new movies, classic and art films, foreign films, and popular movies. Featuring Bob Mondello, Kenneth Turan, David Edelstein, and Mark Jenkins.
A Mirror, Two Faces: Paprika Steen's performance as Thea, an actress trying to sober up and regain custody of her children, carries Martin Zandvliet's Applause beyond a genre plot and standard-issue dialogue.
World Wide Motion Pictures
Combustible: Thomas Dekker (right) plays Smith, a sexually ambiguous freshman who lusts after London (Juno Temple) — as well as his surfer roommate, a hot-tub designer and two mysterious women in his dreams.
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Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a corporate hit man who kills with downright mechanical precision and detachment — until an assignment involving his longtime mentor makes things personal.
The Long Route Home: Colin Farrell (left) and Ed Harris star in director Peter Weir's survival epic, about a group of prisoners banished to a Siberian gulag — and their astonishing march across thousands of miles to India.
Workplace Hazard: Jeon Do-yeon plays Eun-yi, a cheery maid hired to pamper the heavily pregnant wife of a Seoul businessman. Her life gets more complicated, though, when the husband makes the move you'd expect.
Snack Time: Adam (Ashton Kutcher) and his longtime friend Emma (Natalie Portman) look to each other for their recommended daily allowance of physical affection — but only one of them consciously hopes for more.
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It Ain't Noise Pollution: Love of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister (pictured here with Loveline host "Psycho" Mike Catherwood) led Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski to create a documentary about the life and legend of the heavy-metal pioneer.
Secret Weapon Films
A Superheroic Friendship: After his media-mogul father dies, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) uses the family's fortune -- and chauffeur, Kato (Jay Chou), -- to become The Green Hornet, a masked crime fighter.
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Gentle Persuasion: Stellan Skarsgard plays Ulrik, just released after a 12-year prison stint for murder. Once outside, Ulrik pretty much plays along with friends, family and his old criminal boss -- even if it means intimate encounters of an excessively awkward kind.
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Dark Materials: In Plastic Planet, director Werner Boote interviews scientists (including Austrian environmental analyst Kurt Scheidl, right) to better understand the cultural, environmental and biological effects of plastic production.
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