Published Jan 27, 2012If the announcement of this year's Oscar noms has you feeling cinematic, let Exclaim! guide you through the best (and worst) movie offerings out this week. Read full reviews of the following highlights and more in our Recently Reviewed section.
First up, Liam Neeson leads a group of crash-landed oil drillers in Joe Carnahan's survival thriller The Grey (pictured). Marooned in the Alaskan wilderness, the oil-rig roughnecks battle the elements, a wolf pack and each other, in this grim yet poignant tale of human endurance.
Rom-com regent Katherine Heigl continues her assault on the silver screen in a film adaptation of Janet Evanovich's best-selling novel One for the Money. Heigl plays Stephanie Plum, a failed lingerie seller turned bounty hunter whose catch -- both professionally and romantically -- is her former fling, Joe (Jason O'Mara).
Up next, disgraced ex-cop and current fugitive Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) teeters on the side of an NYC high-rise in the imaginatively titled Man on a Ledge. Elizabeth Banks plays the negotiator in this surprisingly engaging, tongue-in-cheek thriller.
Fresh from garnering an Oscar nomination for best foreign-language film, Quebec filmmaker Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar also hits cinemas this weekend. Elementary students grapple with their teacher's suicide in this moving and thoughtful examination of how adults define, handle and communicate violence to children.
Finally, British actor Paddy Considine delivers his directorial debut with the bleak but brilliant character drama, Tyrannosaur. Sharp writing, astute direction and exceptional performances from Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman make Tyrannosaur our one to watch this week.
To read full reviews of these picks and more, head over to the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.