Published Feb 01, 2013New films are being released all the time, and we at Exclaim! know it's important to know which ones are worth the trip to the cinema, especially in the dead of Winter. Check out our Recently Reviewed section to read our full review listings, but stick around below for this week's film highlights.
First on the docket is Jonathan Levin's adaptation of Isaac Marion's novel Warm Bodies. The film is essentially a story of "Zombio and Juliet" as narrator and zombie R (Nicholas Hoult) and the zombie resistance leader's daughter Julie (Teresa Palmer) fall in love. Warm Bodies takes a "love conquers all" approach to the depleted humanity of the undead.
Stand Up Guys, directed by Fisher Stevens, features old partners-in-crime Doc (Christopher Walken) and Val (Al Pacino) on their last day together. Val has just been released from prison and Doc has been given the task of killing him. Taking on the roles of energetic partier and straight man, respectively, the two "fall into rhythms of an old friendship" in these reflective roles.
Next up, Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair tells the story of Denmark in the late 18th Century, in which Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander) is forced into marriage with her schizophrenic cousin and current King, Christian VII. Focusing on the relationship between Caroline and Christian's manipulative doctor, played by Mads Mikkelsen, the film acts as a commentary on flexible morality and repressed passion.
Earning Exclaim!'s mark of excellence is Amy Berg's West of Memphis, which documents the failure of Arkansas' justice systems regarding a 1994 trial concerning three teenagers and their involvement in the death of three eight year old boys. Although this is a story that has been told before, Berg "provides a fresh perspective on an important story that impacts more than just a small town in Arkansas."
The last of this week's film highlights is another documentary with Paul Saltzman's The Last White Knight. The film focuses on conversations between Saltzman and KKK member Byron "Dekay" de la Beckwith about their differing world views, white supremacy, and discussions of Delay's specific hate crimes.
To read the full reviews of these picks and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.