Part Three

November 2010

by Bill Gibron

31 August 2010

 

Skyline and more


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Skyline

Director: Brothers Strause
Cast: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, David Zayas, Donald Faison, Brittany Daniel, Neil Hopkins

12 November
Skyline

Recently, some controversy has sprung up over this alien invasion film with Sony arguing that the Brothers Strause (the directing duo responsible) failed to mention their participation in this film when the studio suggested they work on their own extraterrestrial war film Battle: Los Angeles. There is even talk that the brothers were approached to helm the upcoming Universal epic. Of course, they apparently balked knowing full well they had this project already up and running. As lawyers argue over liability (or the lack thereof), we wait to see if the pair can pull this off. From the trailer it sure looks promising.

 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent

19 November
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Perhaps because it has taken ten years to finally bring all seven of J.K. Rowling’s books to the silver screen. Maybe it has to do with the fact that Peter Jackson was adapting a far more beloved (and seemingly impossible to realize) property to movie theaters worldwide. Whatever the case, the amazing Harry Potter movies are hardly ever mentioned when it comes to lists of the genre’s greatest. Instead, they are viewed as necessary tie-ins to an already wildly triumphant literary legend, very good, but uneven in approach and overall success. With the final book being told in two parts, it will be interesting to see how the fans—and film critics, for that matter—react.

 

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The Next Three Days

Director: Paul Haggis
Cast: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, Olivia Wilde, Lennie James, Aisha Hinds, Daniel Stern, RZA

19 November
The Next Three Days

Paul Haggis is one lucky SOB. He has his Oscars from that Best Picture pretender Crash, a couple of Emmys for his work on thirtysomething, and enough industry carte blanche to make any movie he wants. As a follow-up to the awful In The Valley of Elah he has chosen to remake the French film Pour Elle about a married couple thrown in disarray when the wife is accused of murder. Of course, hubby will do anything to free his supposedly innocent wife. With a decent cast (including the very overexposed Crowe) and an solid filmic foundation, this could be interesting. Given Haggis’ track record, however, we’re not counting on it. 

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