Published Jan 21, 2011With last week's box office winners, The Dilemma and The Green Hornet, being poorly received and the Oscar nominations for "Most Adequate and Reassuring Mainstream Picture" a few days away, this week's batch of new releases should have free reign of the marketplace. But before running out to make your contribution to the commercialized arts industry with a bag of popcorn and various confections in hand, read up on our take of the latest releases in the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.
With a cast comprised almost entirely of men, Peter Weir is back in the director's chair for the first time in seven years with The Way Back. Tackling themes of "Christianity, absolution and man's relationship with nature," this epic film tells the true story of a handful of prisoners that escaped a Siberian gulag and travelled by foot over 4,000 miles to India. Also featuring a male-dominated cast is The Company Men, which takes a solemn look at some realities of the economic crisis while Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones put on their best sad faces.
On the other side of the spectrum, Ashton Kutcher's latest attempt to star in a movie that isn't crap hits theatres this weekend with Natalie Portman in tow. Apparently, No Strings Attached delves into the unfathomable complexities of pretty straight people waxing fuckbuddy without traditional feelings or Catholic guilt. Do you think they can do it? Or more specifically, does the prospect of them relentlessly humping without "love" factoring in reinforce dominant values? Read our review to find out.
On the Canadian front, we have a review of Denis Villeneuve's latest remarkable achievement, Incendies, which follows twins Jeanne and Simon from Quebec to the Middle East, where they learn some troubling secrets from their mother's past. Also taking place on the other side of the Atlantic is the politically driven Greek import about economic collapse, propagation of species and aggressive girl-on-girl kissing, Attenberg.
Lastly, for the eight or nine people riveted by The Triplets of Belleville, Sylvain Chomet is back with more animated French shenanigans in The Illusionist, which details the death of vaudeville at the hands of rock'n'roll.
Read these theatrical film reviews and more over at the Exclaim.ca Recently Reviewed section.