This week's premiere
photo: Magic Box Slovakia
The Aviator (Letec) - Drama by Martin Scorsese. This biopic has high Oscar hopes; among its 11 nominations are Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio). Its subject is Howard Hughes (DiCaprio), the legendarily neurotic and obsessive compulsive playboy who spent his large sums of money on wildly expensive movies and new airplane technology. He also bedded a number of Hollywood's most glamorous starlets, such as Katherine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale). Though well-crafted and interesting (to those who are fascinated by Hughes or old Hollywood at least), the movie is far too uneven and directionless to be the classic many claim it to be.
Wimbledon - Romantic comedy by Richard Loncraine. Paul Bettany stars as an underachieving British tennis star who can't seem to win - in tennis or in love. Miraculously, he lands a slot at Wimbledon, the most important tournament in the world, where he meets a young and spunky American tennis star (Kirsten Dunst). Their relationship soon intensifies, and so does his tennis game. Suddenly, everything seems to be going well. Can he actually win the tournament... and the girl?
Blade: Trinity - Action by David S Goyer. The vampire hunter Blade, (Wesley Snipe)
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Helping him, as always, is his trusty human ally Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). Also starring Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, and Parker Posey.
Other movies playing
Wicker Park (Miluj ma, prosím) - Drama by Paul McGuigan. What should have been a wonderfully awkward comedy is instead a boring thriller about
photo: Saturn Entertainment
the absolutely lifeless Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger. Rose Byrne brings a little relief, but mostly it's a yawn-inducing waste.
Sideways (Bokovka) - Comedy drama by Alexander Payne. It's no accident that this is probably the year's most universally praised film: This story of a wine aficionado/jaded schoolteacher/struggling writer (Paul Giametti) who takes his former college roommate (Thomas Haden Church) on one last jaunt before his marriage is the perfect blend of humour and melancholy.
Prepared by Jonathan Knapp
7. Feb 2005 at 0:00