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Neil Pedley

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley On offer this week is a veritable gallery of the eclectic and the eccentric as M. Night Shyamalan goes R-rated, Edward Norton goes green, Werner Herzog goes to the Antarctic, and two of Herzog’s fellow countrymen go to California to climb a big rock very, very quickly. “Beauty in Trouble” Czech director […]

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley Among this week’s offerings: The pregnancy comedy goes pre-natal, the fate of all the jungle rests in the hands of the world’s most lethargic endangered species, and Dario Argento has a new film, rendering the rest of this list mostly unnecessary. “Dreams With Sharp Teeth” Author Harlan Ellison is widely regarded as […]

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley There’s something for everyone this week at the multiplex, what with Carrie and company offering something for the ladies with “Sex and the City,” the Tae Kwon Do comedy “The Foot Fist Way” being an alternative for the guys, and “Savage Grace”… well, again, let’s just say there’s something for everyone. “Bigger, […]

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley It’s a battle of filmmaking titans this week, the kind of event that comes around once in a lifetime — Steven Spielberg and Uwe Boll will duke it out at the multiplexes. (Forgive us, but that might’ve been our only opportunity to ever get to put those two names in the same […]

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley After last week’s ridiculously crowded release schedule, this week’s is somewhat more manageable. “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” Fans salivating at the prospect of some post-Middle Earth fantasy creature smackdown were left disappointed last time around as, for all its promise, initial “Narnia” installment “The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe” […]

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley This week sees the return of the Wachowski brothers, Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”) and Henry Bean (“The Believer”) to the big screen, not to mention new films from documentarians Nick Broomfield (“Tupac and Biggie”) and Doug Pray (“Scratch”). On the other hand, after running around Tribeca, we still need to catch up […]

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley The Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, but if you don’t live in New York, there’s no need to fret. No less than three films (“From Within,” “Mister Lonely” and “Redbelt”) on this list of coming attractions have played the festival in recent days. Then again, if you are in New […]

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley While we pace the carpet back and forth in anticipation of the fast-approaching Tribeca Film Festival (kicking off on Wednesday), we can bide our time with a puppet kidnapping, some Bollywood royalty and an Ewan McGregor sighting. “Baby Mama” If the fad of pregnancy movies began with last year’s “Knocked Up,” it […]

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley With such variety this week, we could be tempted to go nuts and combine them into one super movie. Osama Bin Laden would have 88 minutes to paint an anamorphic picture that disproved Darwinism while riding the winner of the Kentucky Derby through ancient China with his gay lover who is also […]

Opening This Week

By Neil Pedley Prom queens and street kings hold court this week at the multiplexes while the college professors of “Smart People” and “The Visitor” preside at the art houses. “Body of War” Talk show legend Phil Donahue hands over the mic to Iraqi war veteran Tomas Young in this hard-hitting documentary that contrasts Young’s […]