Part Two

October 2010

by Bill Gibron

30 August 2010

 

Stone and more


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Stone

Director: John Curran
Cast: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich , Frances Conroy

8 September
Stone

Edward Norton is a convicted arsonist desperate to get out of jail. Milla Jovovoch is his co-conspirator spouse, eager to use her feminine wiles to win her husband’s freedom. Robert DeNiro is the parole officer who becomes the target of their psychological twists and turns. With The Painted Veil‘s John Curran behind the camera, this could be one stellar thriller. On the other hand, the narrative seems a tad pat, and all three actors are reeling from recent career letdowns. Hopefully, they will find their footing. Otherwise, we could be looking at another Incredible Hulk/Righteous Kill/Perfect Getaway situation for the threesome.

 

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Jackass 3D

Director: Jeff Tremaine
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Ryan Dunn, Dave England, Jason Acuña, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey

18 October
Jackass 3D

Oh boy—this isn’t going to be pretty. No, not the various bodily fluid, bare bodkin, and scatology shots the famed dork daredevils have specialized in over the last few years and not even the countless YouTube hours these slacker stuntmen have inspired. No, now we get to see every feces flinging, testicle crushing moment in the glory of three dimensions. Promising to push the boundaries of both the cinematic gimmick and their standard brain damaged feats, one can only hope that there aren’t too many images of Johnny Knoxville’s junk flying directly at the camera. Talk about duck and cover! 

 

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Conviction

Director: Tony Goldwyn
Cast: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo

18 October
Conviction

Two time Oscar winner Hillary Swank is back playing another real life character - this time, a poor single mother who puts herself through law school in order to help prove her wrongly accused brother (Sam Rockwell) innocent of a horrific crime. Naturally, the true story of Betty Anne Waters and her efforts as part of the Innocence Project spoils the possible outcome of the plot (just don’t Google or Wiki her name and you’ll be all right). Here’s hoping actor/director Tony Goldwyn can invest this scenario with some heart as well as some smarts. Otherwise, we could wind up with one dull bit of predetermined drama.

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