This week's premiere (s)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jonesová: S rozumom v koncoch) - Romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron. Renee Zellwegger returns as the eccentric title character in the anxiously awaited sequel to 2001's Bridget Jones' Diary. Picking up four weeks after the first part left off, Bridget finally seems prepared to settle down with her dashing boyfriend Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). But before she has time to let out a sigh of relief, complications arise. While she begins to fear the intentions of Mark's beautiful young assistant, her former love Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) returns and further confuses the easily confused Bridget. Embarrassing events and frantic diary writing ensue. The first part was a surprisingly good time that avoided the many clichés that could so easily have marred it. Let's hope Bridget has as much spunk this time around.
Other movies playing
Monster (Monštrum) - Drama by Patty Jenkins. Former South African model turned former middling actress Charlize Theron was the talk of Hollywood last year due to this film, in which she plays Aileen Wuornos, the most recent woman to have been executed in the US. Theron won an Oscar for her role as the prostitute turned serial killer, and it's no surprise: Pretty women who play ugly, damaged characters do very well with the Academy - particularly when lesbianism is involved. Having said that, the performance is quite impressive, especially if you've seen any footage of the actual Wuornos. Though it sometimes feels like the Oscar buzz started hovering around the film from its inception, Monster escapes many of the problems that could so easily have plagued it. All in all, worth seeing - if you're in the mood for depressing brutality.
The Forgotten (Zlodeji pamäti) - Psychological thriller by Joseph Ruben. The always great Julianne Moore plays Telly, a woman grief-stricken by the loss of her child. In an attempt to move on with her life, Telly begins seeing a psychiatrist (Gary Sinise) who suggests something she doesn't particularly want to hear: that her child was a figment of her imagination. Soon after she meets Ash (Dominic West), a man with suspiciously similar muddy, but disregarded, memories. While working together to prove their memories, they begin to think that a conspiracy may be afoot.
Cellular (Mobil) - Thriller by David R Ellis. It was only a matter of time before a movie came out that revolved around a mobile phone.
photo: SPI International
Jessica (Kim Basinger) manages to make a phone call to plea for her life. She reaches the cell phone of Ryan (Chris Evans), who fortunately wants to help. Because Jessica doesn't know her location, Ryan must rely solely on his cell phone to discover her whereabouts. He must race against the clock and his phone's weakening batteries.
Collateral - Thriller by Michael Mann. Tom Cruise gets that which usually evades him: a role that actually plays to his talents. He is perfect as Vincent, a hired killer out to do a few jobs one neon-saturated night
Prepared by Jonathan Knapp
15. Nov 2004 at 0:00