2010.3.5 NOW PLAYINGCrazy Heart (15)
Drama, Romance / 112 / English
Country western singer Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) has lived most of his life on the road, and has had too many drinks and marriages. He was once a star, but now keeps a low profile singing and playing his guitar in small-town bars in the southwestern part of the United States. His life changes when he meets Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young journalist who interviews him for a piece in the local newspaper. Despite their age difference, Bad finds comfort in his new relationship with Jean and her 4-year-old son, Buddy. He starts to get his life back on track, but his inability to throw away his self-destructive tendencies begins to affect those around him.
Dear John (12)
Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, Special Forces Army Sergeant John Tyree (Channing Tatum) comes home after a two-week leave from Germany and falls in love with college student Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), whom he meets after retrieving her purse.
Savannah is home from spring break and is helping build houses for Habitat for Humanity, an activity in which John also participates, and their love affair begins. When Savannah must go back to school, she promises to write to John until he completes his military service, but everything changes when John must re-enlist after the 9/11 attacks.
Drama / 133 / English
Based on the life of Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), this biopic examines Mandela’s life after he was released from prison in 1990. After he wins the race for the South African presidency, Mandela joins forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to tackle the country’s problems. In the wake of apartheid, Mandela realizes that his country remains racially and economically divided, but still believes that he can help re-unite South Africa through sports. He meets with the Springboks’ rugby captain, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), and rallies for the team as they make history at the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.
This Sunday (G)
Drama / 105 / Japanese
In her first leading role in this Japanese drama, directed by Kenmochi Satoki. pop singer Younha plays Sora, a Korean high school student who goes to Japan for college and to follow a boy she likes, but discovers that he has returned to Korea to deal with a family issue. In Japan, Sora finds a new distraction when she runs into Matsumoto (Somegoro Ichikawa), who works multiple jobs to pay off his debts. Matsumoto also spends his time collecting discarded glass bottles. Sora begins to document Matsumoto’s strange hobby and to regain something of what she lost.
Alice in Wonderland (G)
Family, Fantasy / 108 / English
Director Time Burton re-animates Lewis Carroll’s classic novels, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.” Alice (Mia Wasikowska), 19, accidentally returns to a place she visited 10 years ago. She attends a party at a Victorian estate and spots a white rabbit in a waistcoat and follows him through a maze into the “Underland” also known as “Wonderland.” After meeting a series of fantastic characters, including the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), she learns she is the only person who can kill Jabberwocky, the dragon terrorizing Wonderland, which is ruled by the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).
Evil Spirit: VIY (18)
Horror / 120 / Korean
Director Park Jin-sung’s independent film tells a story about a witch seeking revenge on a male seminary student who wrongfully killed her. The three shorts that make up the film each provide a different interpretation of Russian writer Nikolai Gogol’s short story “Epitaph.” The first act is a film within a film and begins with a director (Jung Seung-gil) trying to reinterpret Gogol’s story who is drawn to an ingenue (Im Ji-young) hired to play the witch. The second act is filmed in the style of a stage play and is more light-hearted than the first. The final act uses puppet theater.
The Lovely Bones (15)
Based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, “The Lovely Bones” is about Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old girl from a small town in Pennsylvania in the 1970s, who has been murdered and watches her family and her killer from above. She learns how her departure from the world has affected the lives of those around her and she must decide whether her wish for vengeance is more important than her desire for her family to move on.
*These synopses were culled from http://www.imdb.com and http://movie.naver.com.