This week's premieres
Love Actually (Láska nebeská) - Comedy/Romance by Richard Curtis. Because this is the directorial debut of the man who wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and the screenplay for Bridget Jones' Diary, it is not difficult to know what to expect with this film. In other words, if you like contemporary British romantic comedies, you might like this. What sets this film apart is its quite talented ensemble cast, with ensemble in this case meaning gigantic. Among the actors playing the dozen or so main characters are Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and the promising Keira Knightly. Whether Curtis can direct and, in particular, whether he can handle such a large cast is unknown. However, with the above-mentioned performers and with handfuls of other talented, charming Brits, one can expect, at the very least, moments of brilliance.
Boat Trip (Plnou parou vzad!) - Comedy by Mort Nathan. Hollywood producers seem to be taking note of the mainstream's newfound obsession with homosexuality. No longer are homosexual people simply relegated to the background or for simple comic relief; now there can be whole movies or television series devoted to how funny they are! And it's even funnier when straight guys pretend to be gay! And so comes Boat Trip, which stars Cuba Gooding, Jr and Saturday Night Live's latest overweight clown, Horatio Sanz, as two heterosexual bumbling idiots. Apparently, during one of their bouts of bumbling idiocy, they manage to offend a homosexual travel agent who is helping them book a singles' cruise. In retaliation for their offensive behaviour, he plays the ultimate joke on them: he books them on a gay cruise! To fend off the hungry hordes, they must pretend to be lovers. This plan works out smashingly... until the ship receives an unexpected visit from Swedish bikini models. Oh, what is a boy to do? Come out of the closet and embrace his heterosexuality, or keep pretending that he's something he's not? What a dilemma!
Other movies playing
The Matrix Revolutions - Thriller/Sci-fi by Andy and Larry Wachowski. The final chapter in the ground-breaking, pop-culture-altering trilogy. It should answer most of the questions left open by instalment number two, The Matrix Reloaded. But don't let any pseudo-philosophers tell you otherwise; only two questions really matter: Will it overcome part two's recycled monotony to recapture the balls-out action spirit that made the first so immediately likeable? And, will there be more of Monica Bellucci?
The Life of David Gale (Život Davida Galea) - Drama/Mystery by Alan Parker. A well-known professor, writer, and anti-capital punishment activist (Kevin Spacey) is accused and convicted of rape and murder and eventually sentenced to death. A week before his execution, he agrees to give an interview to a major journalist (Kate Winslet). Upon hearing his story, she begins to doubt his guilt and then must race against the clock to clear his name before he is put to death.
Bad Boys 2 - Action/Comedy by Michael Bay. With their natural, playful chemistry, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith occasionally overcome all obstacles to make this movie, for fleeting moments at least, mildly enjoyable. Unfortunately, these moments are suffocated by Bay's empty, unoriginal, violence-obsessed flamboyance. To see flamboyant violence done well, see Kill Bill instead.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (Pravá blondínka 2) - Comedy by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. The lovable pink-clad heroine (Reese Witherspoon) returns, this time to shake up the US government. The buzz is that this one fails to recapture the immense charm of the original (which itself failed to reach the heights of its obvious inspiration, 1995's Clueless). But, Witherspoon is so darn adorable - how bad could it really be?
Prepared by Jonathan Knapp
18. Nov 2003 at 0:00