Get Engrossed in Human Conflict with Sanctum, Oliver Sherman and Birdwatchers in This Week's Film Roundup

Get Engrossed in Human Conflict with <i>Sanctum</i>, <i>Oliver Sherman</i> and <i>Birdwatchers</i> in This Week's Film Roundup
Last weekend wasn't exemplary on the box office front in any capacity, with the Catholic thriller The Rite lethargically reaching No. 1, despite unimpressive ticket sales. Seemingly, folks were staying in with the DVD's and Blu-ray's of the Oscar nominees they missed in 2010. Perhaps this week's Genie nominations will inspire audiences to check out leading Canadian nominees Barney's Version or Incendies in theatres, or maybe this week's pack of new releases will inspire movie-watchers to leave the house. Regardless, you can read our take on the latest releases in the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section to see if anything tickles your fancy. That's right, your fancy.

The big release this weekend -- aside from the Single White Female rip-off with Gossip Girl Leighton Meester that wasn't screened for critics -- is the James Cameron-produced underwater thriller Sanctum (pictured), which features cave explorers yelling at each other for two hours. Read our review to find out if this one thrills and to learn a little bit more about important things, like how attractive the cast members are.

Also full of human conflict and tension, but in a Canadian way, is the low-key domestic drama Oliver Sherman, wherein nascent parents and newlyweds Molly Parker and Donal Logue play host to an unexpected visitor that demonstrates increasingly erratic behaviour. Birdwatchers also delves into the world of unwelcome visitors, only with the Guarani Indians deciding to reclaim land in Brazil that now belongs to a wealthy farmer.

If you're looking for something a little more idiosyncratic and stylized, the polemical Palestinian black comedy The Time that Remains: Chronicle of a Present Absentee might appeal, finalizing Elia Suleiman's "Chronicle" trilogy about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Based on true events, it provides a unique perspective on historical events and biography, much like The Robber, which details the bank-robbing hijinks of Austrian marathon runner Johann Rettenberger with a minimalist European aesthetic and "great chase scenes," according to our reviewer.

Read these theatrical film reviews and more over at the Exclaim.ca Recently Reviewed section.