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Neil Pedley

Corporate Cons, Battling Besties and Valentino (photo)

Corporate Cons, Battling Besties and Valentino

If daylight savings time is upon us, it must mean the first quarter release graveyard really is out of sight now as some big name stars finally come out to play. Meanwhile, some previous SXSW alums make their theatrical bows as the film and music fest get underway in Austin and bromance continues to blossom. […]

Of Soldiers, Playmates and Poets (photo)

Of Soldiers, Playmates and Poets

This week sees, for once, nothing imported from Russia and nothing opening in 3D. Hmmm…signs and portents. Download this in audio form (MP3: 7:43 minutes, 10.6 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] [iTunes] “Brothers at War” While his very premise negates a documentarian’s objectivity, filmmaker Jake Rademacher brings an intimacy and affection to […]

What to Watch If Not Watching the “Watchmen” (photo)

What to Watch If Not Watching the “Watchmen”

Some homegrown interloping mixes with a strong international showing this week to give an overall balance to what’s playing at your local multiplex. Comic book fans can salivate over “Watchmen,” arthouse fans can enjoy a Louis Garrel double bill, and a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse-inspired serial killer movie bridges the gap. Download this in […]

Philosophers, Street Fighters and the Jonas Brothers (photo)

Philosophers, Street Fighters and the Jonas Brothers

This week’s offerings include an art film about the biblical, a documentary exploring the philosophical, a thriller espousing the dangers of the technological and a film about a badass dude with claws that kills people. We know which one we’re going to see. Download this in audio form (MP3: 7:14 minutes, 10 MB) Subscribe to […]

The Pre-Oscar Scrum of Cheerleaders, Fashion Designers and Madea (photo)

The Pre-Oscar Scrum of Cheerleaders, Fashion Designers and Madea

With all eyes on the upcoming Academy Awards (not to mention the Spirit Awards, the afternoon before), it’s a relatively quiet week at the box office. There are some bubblegum high school antics, a couple of documentaries about the dysfunctional, a children’s literary classic and a somber drama set during WWII. Take heart, we’re nearly […]

A Valentine’s Day for the Economically Depressed (photo)

A Valentine’s Day for the Economically Depressed

This Valentine’s Day weekend, there’s plenty to make you want to clutch your significant other tight in the dark — Isla Fisher wields a credit card, Jason Voorhees puts on his hockey mask one more time and Clive Owen is the quite ridiculous vessel for an entire nation’s displaced rage. “As Seen Through These Eyes” […]

Oscar shorts, stop-motion Gaiman and “Blair Witch” in Afghanistan (photo)

Oscar shorts, stop-motion Gaiman and “Blair Witch” in Afghanistan

On offer this week are films both long in the making and short on running time. Dakota Fanning does a double bill, Steve Martin further damages his credibility and “Blair Witch” director Daniel Myrick returns to have people running for their sanity. “2008 Academy Award Nominated Short Films” For one week only, Shorts International and […]

An SF Rom-dram, a K-horror Remake and Liam Neeson Kicking Ass (photo)

An SF Rom-dram, a K-horror Remake and Liam Neeson Kicking Ass

The long, slow, soul-crushing stagger towards the Oscars starts this week with many of the nominated prestige pictures that came out three months ago getting back into the spotlight after the flurry of Sundance attention has thawed. Meanwhile, the remake machine cranks out another Asian-inspired chiller, Bollywood goes meta, and Liam Neeson kicks some serious […]

A SoCal gang doc, an Elmore Leonard adaptation and a Hitchcock retake (photo)

A SoCal gang doc, an Elmore Leonard adaptation and a Hitchcock retake

This week, a strong international lineup stacks up alongside some domestic B-movie madness and traditional big-budget nonsense. “California Dreamin” Despite being technically unfinished at the time of its 27-year-old director’s tragic and untimely death in a car accident in 2006, this raucous satire from the late Romanian filmmaker Cristian Nemescu ably illustrates what a great […]

Opening This Week: Bollywood kung fu, Biggie Smalls and 3-D slashers

By Neil Pedley Anyone not waiting on a ski lift (or screening) with bated breath in Utah can spend their time picking through a hodgepodge of some of the finest examples of genre excess you’re likely to find. Bollywood goes to China, the slasher film goes 3D and the people behind “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” […]