MOVIE NEWS KEY CINEMAS RETURNS TO ART In a surprise move, Key Cinemas Beech Grove has announced it will return to running independent, foreign and classic films effective Friday. The Southside two-screen theater recently switched to second-run fare due to difficulties securing high-profile arthouse titles in the wake of the opening of the upscale Landmark facility on the Northside. But after receiving hundreds of e-mails, Key Cinemas owner Ron Keedy decided that now is not the time to give up hope. Check the LIMITED RUN section of NUVO’s movie listings for details on the films opening Friday.
New in stores The Brothers Grimm (PG-13) Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Jonathan Pryce, Lena Headey, Peter Stomare. The long-awaited new offering from maverick filmmaker and Monty Python vet Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King, Brazil) is a mess. Not the kind of inspired mess that Gilliam is capable of creating, but the kind of mess that results when you assign tasks to several people and they all do their jobs poorly. The first few minutes of the movie are entertaining, but the mess quickly swallows up all the good stuff, much like the Blob used to do with hoboes and teen-agers. Damon and Ledger play the Grimm boys, who use their folk tales to con naïve villagers in 1796 Germany, until they are forced to deal with the real thing. Sound interesting? It isn’t. The film is tiresome and perplexing. 119 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary by director Terry Gilliam; deleted scenes with optional commentary; “Bringing the Fairy Tale to Life”; plus “The Visual Magic of The Brothers Grimm.” —EJO
Chicago: The Razzle-Dazzle Edition (PG-13) Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly. Deluxe version of the hit 2002 musical. 113 minutes. DVD INFO: The two-disc set includes audio commentary by director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon; “From Stage to Screen: The History of Chicago”; deleted musical number “Class” performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah; extended musical performances; Chita Rivera’s encore; “An Intimate Look at Director Rob Marshall”; “When Liza Minnelli became Roxie Hart”; VH1 Behind the Movie; and more.
Cry Wolf NR (PG-13 also available) Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jon Bon Jovi, Jared Padalecki. Nobody believes a liar — even when they’re telling the truth. When a young woman is found murdered, a group of local high school students decide to further scare their classmates by spreading online rumors that a serial killer called “The Wolf” is on the loose. By describing “The Wolf’s” next victims, the students’ game is to see how many people they can convince — and if anyone will uncover the lie. But when the described victims actually do start turning up dead, suddenly no one knows where the lies end and the truth begins. As someone or something begins hunting the students themselves, the game turns terrifyingly real. 90 minutes. DVD INFO: Three separately packaged DVDs are available: One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other two hack off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. The unrated widescreen version includes audio commentary by the filmmakers; deleted and extended scenes; an alternate scene; “Wolves, Sheep and Shepherds: Casting the Roles”; “Winning the Game: Inside the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival”; plus “Before They Cried Wolf: The Filmmakers’ Short Films.”
Four Brothers (R) Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund. When their beloved foster mother is killed in a holdup, four tough brothers reunite in their old Detroit neighborhood with revenge on their minds. Wahlberg plays the brawl-hungry leader, Bobby. His brother, Angel (Gibson), is a rowdy sailor with a high-strung Latina girlfriend (Sofi Vergara). Garrett Hedlun plays the young rock and roller of the clan. And Outkast’s Andre 3000, Benjamin, is the family man whose tenuous mob connection may link him to the killers. Directed by John Singleton (Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Boyz N the Hood). 109 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available: One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include audio commentary by director John Singleton; nine deleted scenes; five behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes.
Must Love Dogs (PG-13) Diane Lane, John Cusack, Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Perkins. Romantic comedy that sticks firmly — slavishly, in fact — to the conventions of the genre. What elevates the flick enough to warrant a look-see is its wonderful cast. Diane Lane and John Cusack star, with support from Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Perkins, Stockard Channing and Christopher Plummer. Clearly, this group of actors is talented enough to take even a terribly trite screenplay and wring some entertainment out of it. Even with their gifts, though, the movie plays only like a slightly better-than-average sitcom. 88 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available: One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include additional scenes with optional commentary; plus “Pass the Beef” gag reel. —EJO
November (R) Courtney Cox-Arquette, Anne Archer, James LeGros, Michael Ealy. Thriller. Courtney Cox-Arquette stars as Sophie Jacobson, whose boyfriend Hugh (Le Gros) is shot and killed one night in a convenience store while she waits in the car. Traumatized, Sophie is plagued by headaches and strange episodes that increasingly impair her everyday life. Resuming her job as a photography teacher at the local college, she is confronted by a photograph taken the night of the shooting. When she investigates to find out who took it, the answer sets off a string of events that defy explanation. 89 minutes.
Rebound (PG) Martin Lawrence, Wendy Rachel Robinson, Breckin Meyer, Horatio Sanz, Patrick Warburton. The legendary Coach Roy (Lawrence), freshly banned from college basketball, reluctantly accepts a job as coach of the Mount Vernon Junior High School “Smelters” basketball squad. The boys are hapless, possessing little athletic skill and virtually no grasp of the fundamentals of basketball. Roy’s first game as the Smelters’ coach sees the team losing 0-109. And it looks like things are going only downhill from there. But Roy decides to teach his young charges some new concepts … like passing, rebounding, dribbling and scoring. 103 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes both widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film, plus audio commentary by the filmmakers and storyboards.
Serenity (PG-13) Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher. Writer/director Joss Whedon’s big-screen take on his short-lived Firefly TV series is a rousing space western that provides action, thrills, laughs, tears and even food for thought. The story of a high-stakes pursuit through the heavens is the kind of movie George Lucas hasn’t made for decades. It has everything a top notch space opera should have: the grit, the lived-in look, the humor (there are some great one-liners here), the idiosyncrasies (check out the Chinese-heavy patois employed by the crew), the thrilling (and comprehensible) battles and the sense of danger and moral gravity. Serenity is the real deal, and not just for fans of the TV series. 119 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available: One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include audio commentary by Joss Whedon; deleted scenes and outtakes; “Future History: The Story of Earth That Was”; “What’s in a Firefly”; “Re-Lighting the Firefly”; plus a Joss Whedon introduction.
TV on DVD BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SEASON 2, THE AMAZING RACE: SEASON 7, E.R.: SEASON 4 and PARTY OF FIVE: SEASON 2. NOTE: Some studios have the nerve to market box sets of TV series containing episodes that were trimmed down by several minutes each for airing in syndication. Before laying down your money, make sure the box set includes the words “original and uncut.”