2008. 11.14 NOW PLAYINGMy Sassy Girl (PG13)
Drama, Romance / 92 min. / English
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Bottle Shock (15)
Drama / 106 min. / English
This film is about the early days of Californian wine making and is based loosely on the notorious 1976 blind tasting in Paris.
Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman), a Briton with a failing Parisian wine shop, flies to Napa Valley, California. He hosts a tasting contest with his favorite French wines against the vintage wines of California, and finds that the Californian ones are competitive.
Jim (Bill Pullman), a vineyard owner, and his best employee, Gustavo (Freddy Rodriguez) are barely keeping the business afloat. Jim, a perfectionist, thinks the whole contest is pointless.
All of Napa Valley is excited about the blind tasting, but can their wines really measure up to the noses and palates of the snooty French judges?
Let the Right One In (15)
Drama, Horror / 106 min. / Swedish
Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) is an outcast often bullied by his peers. He dreams of revenge but cannot because he simply doesn’t care.
However, one day, a new next door neighbor, Eli (Lina Leandersson), becomes his ally and first love. But Eli is no ordinary girl; she is allergic to sunlight and performs inhuman physical feats. She even has a thirst for blood.
Bodies drained of blood start piling up in the neighborhood. Oskar knows what’s going on but can’t stay away from Eli as she makes him feel alive.
Quantum of Solace (15)
Action / 106 min. / English
When we last left Bond (Daniel Craig), he was a damaged soul following his lover Vesper Lynd’s betrayal and death. Now, he is single-minded in his pursuit of Lynd’s other boyfriend, Yusef.
We learn he’s detained an agent with clues on a mysterious organization threatening MI6, 007’s mother ship, and from here it gets personal. When the new organization takes a crack at M (Judi Dench), Bond’s spymaster, the agent adds a new entry to his to-do list.
What follows is fast-paced jetting from Italy to Haiti, then to Austria and South America and so on. Along the way, Bond finds his target, the sniveling villain Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), who is masquerading as an environmentalist and philanthropist.
Cafe de los Maestros (15)
Music, Documentary / 92 min. / Spanish
This documentary explores the impact of tango on the attitudes and emotions of Argentinians. Using archive footage of Buenos Aires, much of it shot when Italian and Spanish immigrants were flooding in, the film splices in glimpses of everyday lives in Buenos Aires: dancers entertaining tourists and couples nostalgically shuffling about at a neighborhood dance hall.
Surviving veterans of tango, musicians and singers are interviewed about life back in the day and the significance of the music in their lives, even today. As guitarist Anibal Arias, one of the legends profiled in this film, notes, “You can’t separate tango from life.”
Fly Me to the Moon (All)
3D Animation, Adventure / 84 min. / English
This 3D adventure stars three flies who dream of becoming the first insects to land on the moon by hitching on the historic 1969 Apollo 11 spaceship. Nat (Trevor Gagnon) hears a fascinating story from his grandfather, who spirited himself aboard Amelia Earhart’s flight across the Atlantic. He is greatly inspired by the tale and plans to hide on Apollo 11 with his friends: IQ (Philip Daniel Bolden) and Scooter (David Gore).
However, contrary to their expectations, the spaceship malfunctions. Misfortunes don’t come alone. A fly spy Yegor (Tim Curry) who lost in the space race tries to sabotage the computer flight plans. Can our little heroes get back to Earth to see their families again?
Body of Lies (15)
Thriller, Action / 128 min. / English
After a rash of terrorist bombings in Europe, and threats to the United States, CIA operative Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) seeks to track down the Al Qaeda cell responsible. The CIA’s only lead is a safehouse in Jordan, which Ferris hopes to infiltrate with the assistance of the Jordanian intelligence head, Hani (Mark Strong). But, as Hani repeatedly reminds Ferris, trust is of the utmost importance in Jordan. And while Ferris is acutely aware of this fact, his handler, Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe), chooses to ignore it. As Ferris attempts to work transparently with Hani, he’s constantly stymied by Hoffman, whose priority is saving Ferris’ skin. Can Ferris dodge the gunfire and bureaucracy and complete his mission?
The Bank Job (15)
Thriller, Crime / 111 min. / English
This film is inspired by the real events behind a bank robbery in London in 1971.
Terry (Jason Statham) is a car dealer with a dodgy past who has cleaned up his act and gone straight. But Martine (Saffron Burrows), his ex-girlfriend, offers him the chance to lead a seemingly foolproof bank heist.
Terry considers this a once in a lifetime opportunity and recruits a crew that tunnels into the bank. But there’s a catch: Martine is after the contents of a safe deposit box that contains compromising photos of a British royal and other inflammatory material. Now Terry and his gang have everyone on their tail including MI5, the British secret service.
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