2009. 4.3 NOW PLAYINGFast and Furious (15)
Action / 99 / English
Ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) has recently lost his girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and he tears back into L.A for revenge. Meanwhile, Agent Brian (Paul Walker) is chasing one of the city’s most notorious gangs and discovers the truth about Letty’s demise.
Immersing themselves in the underworld ready for payback, Dom and Brian build an uneasy friendship as they battle a common foe. Expect lots of explosions, fast cars, loud music and hopelessly wooden acting.
Bride Wars (12)
Comedy / 89 / English
It’s true: Best friends become worst enemies if their dreams are threatened. Successful lawyer Liv (Kate Hudson) and dedicated school teacher Emma (Anne Hathaway) are great pals until they find out they are getting married at the same hotel on the same date.
But not to the same guy, thank heavens.
They’ve been planning their dream weddings for years but now the line in the sand has been drawn and it’s pistols at dawn. Terrified one will upstage the other, the two ex-pals resort to mean tactics to spoil the other’s dream day. Will the tale end happily? You betcha. But how?
The Reader (18)
Drama / 123 / English
Michael (David Kross), 15, is helped by a stranger, Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet), 36, when he is overcome by nausea and vomits on the street. He visits Hanna after he recovers, and before you can say “Oscar nomination,” Michael and Hanna are tumbling into bed and into love. For reasons that become clear later in the film, Hanna asks Michael a post-coital favor: to read to her. The teenager agrees and delves into the “Odyssey,” a bit of Mark Twain and some Tintin. But their idyll doesn’t last. Hanna abruptly leaves and it’s not until years later that their paths cross once more. Michael has gone into law and he attends a trial where he finds Hanna charged with war crimes.
Is she really a villain responsible for the deaths of 300 Jewish women? And what is the connection with books? Winslet won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The movie is based on Bernhard Schlink’s best selling 1995 novel.
Confessions of a Shopaholic (12)
Comedy, Drama, Romance / 105 / English
Based on the international best seller by novelist Sophie Kinsella, this movie is the spiritual successor to “The Devil Wears Prada.” Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is a New York fashionista who can’t stop shopping. Her debts eventually soar into the stratosphere and her credit card company cuts her off. In a fortuitous twist of fate, she gets a job at a financial magazine despite not knowing much about finance. There, she manages to attract the attention of her boss, Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy), and finds her flair for fashion is the key to her success.
Summer Hours (12)
Drama / 100 / French
Helene, a seasoned art collector, worries about what she’ll leave behind when she dies. After her passing, her three children are left to wrangle over the fate of her collection. Frederic (Charles Berling), a professor, can’t bear the thought of seeing his mother’s house or art works sold, but his siblings, Adrienne (Juliette Binoche), a designer, and Jeremie (Jeremie Renier) a businessman, have other plans.
Thriller, Action, Crime / 105 / English
A bank is bombed but nothing’s gone from the crime scene. Veteran detective Quentin Conners (Jason Statham), recently recovered from disgrace, teams up with rookie Shane Dekker (Ryan Philippe) to get the bad guys, who count Lorenz (Wesley Snipes) among their brethren. During the course of their investigation, the cops find out the robbery was carried out using, wait for it, a high-tech computer system that applied the Chaos theory to remove millions from different accounts. Clever stuff.
Slumdog Millionaire (15)
Drama/ 120 / English
For the past few months, “Slumdog Millionaire” has been the movie to watch. It won eight of the 10 Oscars it was nominated for, along with four Golden Globes and seven BAFTA Awards.
The film depicts the coming of age of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), a product of Mumbai’s shantytowns. Our protagonist works his way up from his impoverished roots to become a middle-class chai-wallah, an office tea server, only to find himself a contestant on India’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”
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