Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Latest in Theaters: Shia, Spike and Queen Raquela

What's new this week at a theater near you:
  • Eagle Eye: Well, if they can ape Rear Window, why not North by Northwest? Shia LaBeouf reunites with his Disturbia director D.J. Caruso for this "innocents caught up in a dangerous game" thriller. Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson and Billy Bob Thornton also star.
  • Miracle at St. Anna: Spike Lee takes on World War II (and Clint Eastwood) with this historical look at a battalion of African American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. The cast includes Derek Luke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Turturro, Kerry Washington and John Leguizamo.
  • Nights in Rodanthe: Richard Gere and Diane Lane re-team for this romance (based on the novel by The Notebook's Nicholas Sparks) six years after Unfaithful, and there's not a snow globe in sight. Christopher Meloni, Viola Davis and Scott Glenn co-star.
  • The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela: Filipino "lady-boy" Raquela Rios is the subject of this semi-improvised Cinderella story. For more on Queen Raquela, click here to read Chris' Reverend's Interview with the film's director, Olaf de Fleur.
  • Choke: Sam Rockwell plays a sex-addicted con man that takes care of mom Anjelica Huston by faking choking to death ... and then playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him. Based on the novel by Fight Club's Chuck Palahniuk.
  • The Lucky Ones: Three soldiers (Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins and Michael Peña) take a post-Iraq road trip in this comedy/drama from writer/ director Neil Burger.
  • Humboldt County: Another road trip finds Jeremy Strong stranded in a remote community of pot farmers, including Fairuza Balk, France Conroy and Brad Dourif.
  • Forever Strong: Never Back Down's Sean Faris is a rebellious rugby player who lands in jail ... and on Gary Cole's team. Also stars Sean Astin, new Desperate House-husband Neal McDonough and Gossip guy Penn Badgley.
  • Smother: Diane Keaton moves in to the house of her son Dax Shepard and his wife Liv Tyler, who are trying to have a baby despite his unemployment, in this debut feature from Variance Films.
  • And finally: In Fireproof, Kirk Cameron (yes, that Kirk Cameron) plays a firefighter (!) trying to save his marriage. This is the one where we found out that Cameron won't kiss anyone but his real-life wife. It's called acting, Kirk; look into it.
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