This week's premiere
photo: Magic Box Slovakia
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Svet zajtrajška) - Sci-fi adventure by Kerry Conran. Though it boasts a cast that any first-time filmmaker would kill for (Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi), this movie's most-discussed aspect has not been its stars but its sets - or lack thereof. To recreate the surreal look and feel of the 1940s sci-fi movies and comics that have most inspired him, writer/director Conran shot the entire movie with his actors standing in front of blue screens later filled with digital imagery. Law plays Sky Captain, a pilot who, along with news reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow), tries to save the world's greatest scientists after they are kidnapped. Their mission proves quite dangerous, so they enlist the help of a tough squadron leader (Jolie) and a technical genius (Ribisi).
photo: Saturn Entertainment
National Treasure (Honba za pokladom templárov) - Adventure by John Turteltaub. The latest extravaganza from Hollywood uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer stars Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates, an archaeologist who must keep a large stash of gold from the hands of evildoers. Gates' family apparently knows that America's founding fathers hid clues to this gold within the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. So, in the interest of protecting money, Gates must keep the symbols of American democracy and freedom safe. While doing so he meets characters played by Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Sean Bean, and Harvey Keitel.
Imagining Argentina (Prekliata Argentína) - Drama by Christopher Hampton. Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson star in this adaptation of Lawrence Thornton's novel set during the Argentinean dictatorship of the 1970s. When Cecelia (Thompson), the wife of respected theatre director Carlos Rueda (Banderas), writes an editorial questioning the mysterious disappearances of a number of Buenos Aires' citizens, she is taken into police custody. Carlos develops the ability to see the future, in which he sees his wife meeting a tragic end. But before he can figure out what to do, another problem arises: Their daughter Teresa (Leticia Dolera) is also kidnapped.
Other movies playing
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Wicker Park (Miluj ma, prosím) - Thriller by Paul McGuigan. This movie about obsession and deceit could have been engrossing; instead it basically plays like a dumbed-down erotic thriller for teens. Its biggest attraction is heartthrob Josh Hartnett, who does a pretty good job of communicating confusion. The obsession part is another story, however. Hartnett plays Matthew, a young man engaged to be married to a woman who is not Lisa (Diane Kruger), his long-lost love who devastated him by leaving without a word. When he thinks he sees her again, after returning to Chicago, he abandons everything to search for her. But Hartnett's mania is not really believable, particularly because Kruger plays Lisa as cold and detached. Also starring the promising Rose Byrne and resident teen movie goofball Matthew Lillard.
Prepared by Jonathan Knapp
24. Jan 2005 at 0:00