Published Nov 23, 2012Our neighbours south of the border are celebrating their Thanksgiving weekend, and that means the release of tons of new films. Make sure you check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section to get the latest reviews of the films that have been released in theatres this week, and don't miss this week's highlights below.
To start things off, Life of Pi (pictured), by Taiwanese director Ang Lee, is based on the immensely popular novel by Yann Martel and is about the importance of storytelling. The film follows a young man's epic journey across the ocean in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, throwing beautifully composed 3D shots at you along the way.
A film about the making of a film, Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock is out now, examining the making of Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic Psycho and adding extra weight to the old adage that behind every great man is an even greater woman. Also out this week is the new animated family movie Rise of the Guardians, featuring the voice talent of Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine and Hugh Jackman as they transform traditional holiday mascots into action heroes.
Bradley Cooper gives one of his best performances in Silver Linings Playbook, along with Jennifer Lawrence, as the two attempt to reintegrate themselves into socially acceptable society after suffering personal tragedies. Next, a remake of the original 1980s cold war paranoia film, Red Dawn, is now out, this time featuring the Russians and North Koreans working together to invade American soil with nothing but a small group of youths in their way.
Also hitting the theatre is Inch'Allah, which takes a look at the Israel-Palestine conflict through the eyes of a Canadian doctor who lives in Israel but practises in occupied territory. For documentary fans, Ping Pong by Hugh Hartford is now in theatres, examining the world of competitive Ping Pong for seniors.
Lastly, Fruit Hunters follows a group of people who travel far beyond the boundaries of their local grocery store to find obscure and odd fruits, and Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy is a dark, romantic comedy adaptation of the short story The Undefeated from Irvine Welsh's book Ecstasy.
To read the full reviews of these picks and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.