Seattle Film Guide for Feb 5: Romance and Action with “Dear John” & “From Paris With Love”
Seattle Film Guide for February 5th
OPENING THIS WEEK
District 13: Ultimatum Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe
North Face Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe
Dear John Soldier on leave is smitten with a college girl.
From Paris With Love Director Pierre Morel’s “Taken” was last year’s best action movies, so I am fairly optimistic about his thriller, featuring John Travolta as an American spy in Paris, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as his green sidekick..
Shinjuku Incident jackie Chan has gesticulated his way through some of Hong Kong’s dumbest martial arts pictures. He did make one good film, 1985’s “Police Story.” Now, twenty five years later, the question is, “Can he do it again?”
IN LIMITED RELEASE
Stray Dog (SIFF Cinema, Feb 5-7) Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe
Awesome Land: Women of Dirt (NWFF, Feb 5-11)
With disco jazz and bad rap (one piece samples a terrible Nirvana cover), this might be mistaken for a porno with bike riding in place of sex scenes. It is recommended only for firls who believe that ‘Awesome Land’ is a magical place filled with awesome people who like to do fun things and guys who think paradise is a place there they will find girls who ride bikes even better than themselves.
Bad Biology (Grand Illusion, Feb 5 and 6 at 11om only)
Something of a comeback, not only for director Frank Hennenlotter, but for the midnight movie as a genre, this tale of two alienated young people enslaved to their unusual biological makeup will have audiences laughing until they vomit. In another era, it might have been n instant classic, but today, with transgressive smut entrenching itself into mainstream comedies, Henenlotter’s dirtbag aesthetic might go unappreciated.
Sometimes a Great Notion (Grand Illusion, Feb 5-11) Paul Newman stars in adaptation of ken Kesey’s novel set in the Northwest.
Spike and Mike’s New Generation Animation Festival (Central Cinema, Feb 5-11) “light on gore and notably lacking in sex” Brian Miller, The Weekly
REVIVALS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Seattle Art Museum
King of Cool: The Films of Steve McQueen
Thursday Nights Jan 7-March 11
The Sand Pebbles (February 4, 7:30 pm) Bill White Reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe
The Thomas Crown Affair (February 12, 7:30 p,)
Single-film tickets are $7 for everyone, sold day of show at the auditorium (cash only). Tickets are also available through Scarecrow Video: call 206.524.8554
Continuing runs at area theaters:
The Blind Side White family takes in a homeless African-American youth and helps him fulfill his dream of playing professional football.
The Book of Eli Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe
Broken Embraces Bill White reviews it for the Seattle PostGlobe
Crazy Heart Journalist meets broken down has-been, setting him on the road to recovery. jeff Bridges is Oscar meat for his portrayal of a country singer on the booze skids. Its about time he got his statue, as he has been one of this country’s best actors for decades.
Edge of Darkness Mel Gibson directs himself as a cop who goes on the rampage after his daughter is killed
“An Education” Novelist Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity) has had some of his books turned into successful films. Now he tries his hand at an original screenplay about a young girl manipulated by an older man in swinging London.
The Hurt Locker Sean Axmaker reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Bill White reviews it for the Seattle PostGlobe
Invictus Sports and politics in South Africa.
It’s Complicated Meryl Streep and Steve Martin play exes who maintain an amicable relationship until they celebrate their son’s graduation with a return to the conjugal bed.
Legion God sends angels to destroy the human race, with whom he is not well-pleased
The Lovely Bones “a misguided tribute to the magic of the movies” J. Hoberman, The Weekly
Police, Adjective (Varsity, Jan 29-Feb 4) Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Education helps a 16-year old African American girl overcome her seedy past.The Princess and the Frog Get a break from 3D and check out this new 2D Disney cartoon
Sherlock Holmes Just the ticket for Guy Ritchie fans who have no trouble imagining Jude Law playing Watson to Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock
A Single Man “Major plot points are revealed through intricate bits of cinematic poetry” David Schmader The Stranger
The Spy Next Door “immediately forgettable family entertainment” Melissa Anderson The Weekly
The Tooth Fairy Hockey player knocks out the teeth of his opponents
Up in the Air Will “Juno” director Jason Reitman strike out or establish himself with this high-profile George Clooney comedy?
When in Rome Unpopular girl is beset by suitors after stealing some coins from a love fountain in Rome.
The White Ribbon Bill White reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe
The Young Victoria Paula Nechak reviews it for the Seattle PostGlobe
Youth in Revolt Michael Cera plays Nick Twist in C.D. Payne’s virginity-shedding coming of age story.
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