2010.7.9 NOW PLAYINGThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse (12)
Drama, Fantasy / 124 / English
The mega hit Twilight series continues with its third installment, featuring Bella (Kristen Stewart) in a life-or-immortality decision between her vampire love Edward (played by the heartthrob Robert Pattinson) and her werewolf best friend Jacob (played by the hunky Taylor Lautner). This time around, a vengeful vampire is out to kill Bella, who must not only fight for her life, but her heart as well. Mixing comedy with action sequences, Eclipse is certain to appeal to the considerable number of fans of the earlier Twilight films, although the lackluster writing and acting once again leave something to be desired.
The Killer Inside Me (18)
Crime / 109/ English
Based on the 1952 novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson, this film tells the horrifying tale of a small town deputy sheriff, Lou Ford (Casey Affleck), whose unremarkable exterior hides a vicious and psychopathic killer lying underneath. Featuring Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba, the Killer Inside Me is done in a noir style that is reminiscent of an earlier age, but with an unmistakably modern appetite for violence. Adapted from the earlier novel, which was written as the interior monologue of a madman, the film is a meditation on insanity, with more than a hint of sadomasochism thrown in. Continuing in the vein of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers, however, the story is not for the feint of heart.
Kick Off (12)
Drama / 81 / Kurdish
Set in Kirkuk, Iraq, this film tells the story of a downtrodden group of Kurds, Arabs, Turks and Assyrians who were displaced during Saddam Hussein’s more than two decades in power and have resorted to living illegally in a run-down football stadium. With the game of football serving as a symbol of hope and unification in a world otherwise torn apart by war, poverty and ethnic division, Kick Off stars two men - single father Aso and his friend Sako - who dream of organizing a national game between Iraq’s different ethnic groups. They get as far as staging a trial match between the various groups living in the settlement, which is filled with both hilarious mishaps and creative improvisations. Filmed in stark black-and-white shots set against a parched background of dust and sand, Kick Off is nevertheless a relentless tale of the triumph of the human spirit.