Movies for the week of August 12…
August 12, Friday
The Great Raid’— Set in the Philippines in 1945, The Great Raid tells the true story of the 6th Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) who undertake a daring rescue mission against all odds. Traveling thirty miles behind enemy lines, the 6th Ranger Battalion aims to liberate over 500 American prisoners-of-war from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in the most audacious rescue ever.
Asylum’— Stella Raphael, a cultured and elegant but restless young woman, lives with her husband, Max, a forensic psychiatrist, and their small son, Charlie, at a high-security mental hospital in rural England. Isolated from the urban excitement she craves, Stella is unhappy with her husband and her life, and when she comes into contact with the brilliant and attractive sculptor Edgar Stark, a patient who is engaged in rebuilding the asylum’s decrepit Victorian conservatory, she begins to fall in love. Her discovery that Edgar was confined to the hospital after he brutally murdered and disfigured his wife in a psychotic, jealous rage fails to deter Stella from her growing passion, and eventually her love for Edgar is pitted against her husband, her child, the institution and the entire fabric of her society.
The Skeleton Key’— The Skeleton Key stars Hudson as Caroline, a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman’s ailing husband in their home… a foreboding and decrepit Gothic mansion in the Louisiana delta. Intrigued by the enigmatic couple, their mysterious and secretive ways and their rambling house, Caroline beings to explore the old mansion. Armed with a skeleton key that unlocks every door, she discovers a hidden attic room that holds a deadly and terrifying secret.
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo’— Rob Schneider is seduced back to his unlikely pleasure-for-pay profession, when his former pimp TJ Hicks is implicated in the murders of Europe’s Greatest Gigolos. Deuce must go back to work in order to clear his good friend’s name.
Four Brothers’—After their adoptive mother is murdered during a grocery store holdup, the Mercer brothers ‘— hotheaded Bobby (Mark Wahlberg), hard-edged Angel (Tyrese Gibson), family man and businessman Jeremiah (Andre Benjamin), and hard rocking Jack (Garrett Hedlund) ‘— reunite to take the matter of her death into their own hands. As they track down the killer, they quickly realize that their old ways of doing business have new consequences.
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory ‘— It’s not a remake ‘— they promise!…It’s hard to imagine a more interesting and creepy Willy Wonka than Gene Wilder, but Johnny Depp will certainly give it a try in this new take on the classic Roald Dahl story by director Tim Burton.
Wedding Crashers’— It’s rare that a summer goes by without a romantic comedy with the word ‘Wedding’ in the title, and this year’s entry stars Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Christopher Walken.
Fantastic Four ‘’— Whatever outer-space radiation doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger… or stretchy or invisible or flammable. That’s what happens to scientists Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis), Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd), and Susan (Jessica Alba) and Johnny Storm (Chris Evans). When they get back to Earth, they kick butt as the titular team of superheroes.
Bewitched ‘— Bothered and bewildered… It’s not quite a remake of the classic television sitcom, but rather, a movie about a remake of the classic television sitcom. No, Charlie Kaufman didn’t write the script ‘— that job fell to Nora Ephron, who also directs. Will Ferrell stars as the actor playing Darrin Stephens, and Nicole Kidman stars as the actress in the Samantha role. The catch: she’s not just playing a witch; she really is one.
Hustle & Flow ‘— Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love crunk. Terrence Dashon Howard stars as a pimp who dreams of making it big as a rapper (which presumably carries more prestige than pimping) in this drama, which was a hit at Sundance.
Bad News Bears ‘— Although it certainly doesn’t seem necessary to remake Michael Ritchie’s beloved 1976 comedy about the world’s worst littleleague team ‘— and the world’s worst little league coach (Walter Matthau) ‘—the fact that this new version stars Billy Bob Thornton and is directed, oddly enough, by Richard Linklater (Before Sunset) gives us a faint glimmer of hope.
The Devil’s Rejects ‘— Rob Zombie makes his second attempt at directing with this House of 1000 Corpses horror sequel.
The Island ‘— Michael Bay’s futuristic thriller stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson as clones on the run, because… well, that’s what clones do.
Must Love Dogs ‘— SWF seeks John Cusack type…John Cusack responds to divorced teacher Diane Lane’s personal ad in this romantic comedy based on Claire Cook’s novel.
Sky High ‘— It’s X-Men meets The Incredibles as the son of superheroes has trouble fitting in at a superhero high school, since he has yet to discover superpowers of his own. And who can’t relate to that?
Stealth ‘— This one might fall into the ‘“so bad it’s good’” category: The Navy’s new high-tech unmanned stealth fighter is struck by lightning and develops a mind of its own ‘— along with a sudden desire to blow things up. It’s up to our intrepid heroes Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx to save the day.
The Aristocrats ‘—A legendary dirty joke is told ‘— and retold ‘— by over 100 comedians in Penn Jillette’s documentary. The humorists include Gilbert Gottfried, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, George Carlin, Steven Wright and Eric Idle.
Night Watch ‘— This Russian sci-fi thriller (an adaptation of the first in a trilogy of books) is set in contemporary Moscow.
The Dukes Of Hazzard ‘— First Herbie’s back, and now the General Lee? Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott star as country cousins Bo and Luke Duke in this adaptation of the classic (and we use that term very loosely) television series. Oh, did we mention that Jessica Simpson puts on a pair of Daisy Dukes as, well, Daisy Duke?
Underclassman ‘— Nick Cannon stars as a young detective who finally gets to put his baby-faced looks to good use in an undercover operation at a private school.
2046 ‘— Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang star in Wong Kar-Wai’s elliptical, nonlinear, occaisonally futuristic quasi-sequel to In The Mood For Love.
Broken Flowers ‘— Single man Bill Murray tracks down four former lovers in search for clues about a possible son he never knew he had in this comedy from Jim Jarmusch. Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy and Jessica Lange also star.
Grizzly Man ‘— Werner Herzog’s award-winning documentary focuses on late grizzly bear aficionado Timothy Treadwell, who lived among the creatures in Alaska for over a dozen summers until he eventually became dinner for one of them.