cop out

Cop Out stars Bruce Willis and Tracey Morgan. Even if we weren't flat on our back writhing in pain when Warners screened the film on Monday; we couldn't have seen it because Warners didn't ask us to -- that means the film is probably terrific (with Kevin Smith at the helm, we're already inclined to be a happy camper).. WB has tended to invite us, lately, only to the films that are royal stinkers; the films so bad that they need any kind of copy anywhere (What that really means is that there are some reps that like us and some that could care less. We're working on it . . . that is, when we aren't flat on our back writhing in pain.

the crazies

The Crazies -- despite being a scareflick (which we for the most part don't cover 'cuz slice 'n' dice bores us silly) -- doesn't look like yer average slice 'n' dice film so we made sure to ask for an invite. Which we got. Which we almost managed to see (the screening was what was close to the last day of that flat on our back writhing in pain thing).

Silly us. The film is one of those "re-imaginings" of a George Romero classic. We not being eyebrow deep into those horror classics didn't make the connection when writing the above paragraph.

The Yellow Handkerchief

The Yellow Handkerchief stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart and Eddie Redmayne in two love stories set in post-Katrina Louisiana. The star power was strong enough that we begged for an invite (come on... with the word "handkerchief" in the title we saw this chick flick coming a mile away). We got said invite and spent the day of the screening  flat on our back writhing in pain. We can't say that our reaction to the film would have been an different but, hey,  you never know <g>

 

In the course of one chaotic week, the lives of three conflicted New York City police officers are dramatically transformed by their involvement in a massive drug operation in "Brooklyn's Finest," a searing new crime drama from acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day").

Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere) is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke) has discovered there's no line he won't cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And Clarence "Tango" Butler (Don Cheadle) has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz (Wesley Snipes), one of Brooklyn's most infamous drug dealers. With personal and work pressures bearing down on them, each man faces daily tests of judgment and honor in one of the world's most difficult jobs.

When NYPD's Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, all three officers find themselves swept away by the violence and corruption of Brooklyn's gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals. During seven fateful days, Eddie, Sal and Tango find themselves hurtling inextricably toward the same fatal crime scene and a shattering collision with destiny.

The film captures the volatile and deadly world of one of New York's most dangerous precincts through the eyes of the men and women pledged to protect and serve, as they face the wrenching choices that make them Brooklyn's Finest.

 

When Ivy League classics professor Bill Kincaid (Edward Norton) receives news of the murder of his estranged identical twin brother, Brady (also Norton), in a pot deal gone bad, he leaves the world of Northeastern academia to travel back to his home state of Oklahoma. Upon arrival, he finds that reports of his brother’s death are greatly exaggerated, and he's soon caught up in the dangerous and unpredictable world of drug commerce in the backwaters of the Southwest. In the process, he reconnects with his eccentric mother (Susan Sarandon), meets a wise and educated young woman who has bypassed academia in favor of the gentler rhythms of life (Keri Russell), and unwittingly helps his troubled brother settle a score with a pernicious drug lord (Richard Dreyfuss) who uses Tulsa, Oklahoma's small Jewish community for cover. Leaves of Grass follows a twisting narrative path merging crime drama, drug comedy, classical philosophy and sudden violence in pursuit of answering one of humanity's oldest questions: What does it truly mean to live a happy and constructive life?

 


Amelia
An American Affair

Away We Go
Baader Meinhof Complex
The Box
Brothers Bloom
The Cake Eaters
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Easy Virtue
50 Dead Men Walking
How To Seduce Difficult Women
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
I Love You, Man
Is Anybody There?
Management
Mary and Max
Me and Orson Welles
My One and Only
My Sister's Keeper
New in Town
The Proposal
Shrink
St. Trinian's
Surrogates
Taken
Taking Woodstock
The Uninvited
Two Lovers