Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Latest in Theaters: He-Men and the Women

Unlike last week's slim pickings, this week's new releases brings us a bountiful cinematic crop that the fall movie season is known for, filled with big stars and even the return of two of the greatest films of all time:
  • Righteous Kill: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro team up once again onscreen for another gritty crime thriller with a generic title (the other one would be Heat), and this time spend the whole movie together. (The acting legends also had their first joint interview this morning on The Today Show.) Jon Avnet directs, with Carla Gugino, John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg and Brian Dennehy co-starring.
  • The Women: After 14 long years, Diane English's modern update of the 1939 George Cukor camp classic is finally here. The all-star, all-female cast is the draw here: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith (as a lesbian!), Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, Ana Gasteyer, Joanna Gleason and Lynn Whitfield (whew!). Somewhat surprisingly, Diane Keaton is nowhere to be found.
  • Burn After Reading: Joel and Ethan Coen, fresh off their own Oscar wins for No Country for Old Men, have rounded up their own crew of Oscar winners (George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton) and nominees (Brad Pitt, John Malkovich) for this goofy crime caper.
  • Towelhead: Alan Ball's controversial drama (his feature directorial debut) has already drawn ire for its title (which was changed from the less incendiary Nothing is Private) and subject matter, which centers on a teenage Arab-American girl's sexual awakening. Maria Bello, Aaron Eckhart, Carrie Preston and Toni Collette star.
  • The Family That Preys: Tyler Perry is quickly becoming the African American Woody Allen, turning out one or two films a year in quick succession. This one stars Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard as family matrons taking a road trip together.
  • Proud American and Flow: For Love of Water: These two disparate documentaries -- concerning Americans who overcome adversities (feel good!) and the world's water supply (feel bad!) -- are opening in limited release.
  • Able Danger: How classy is this: releasing a cheesy 9/11 conspiracy thriller on the seventh anniversary of 9/11.
  • And last, but certainly not least: In preparation for their upcoming DVD re-release,the fully restored gangster epics The Godfather and The Godfather Part II will have special screenings in select cities. This brings us full circle to Pacino and De Niro, who of course starred in the latter together, although not onscreen at the same time (but you knew that).
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