After its slight head start last week, Lincoln opens nationwide this weekend. Much to the joy of fans (and non-fans), part two of the finale of the Twilight series finally hits theaters. Expect the box office to reflect my doubts about the rumors of Abe’s past as a vampire hunter. And if you’re in the mood for actual comedy (the kind you won’t feel guilty for afterwards), Silver Linings Playbook offers a uniquely offbeat brand of the funny stuff. I already regret that it’s going to be overlooked in many ways, but Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina serves up a visual feast.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel-Day Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
Ever the history buff, Spielberg’s latest cinematic treatment concerns the tumultuous months of deliberation plaguing the 16th U.S. President amidst the country in Civil War as the carnage continues and political and moral tensions rise. The NYFF picked up the first screening of the film (stealing AFI Fest’s thunder) where Clayton made the initial assessment.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
After an entire film dedicated to their wedding and dramatic birth of their child in Part 1, Bella and Edward team up with their family and other vampire clans to protect themselves from the threat of the Volturi. Admittedly a “quasi-fan,” Terrence didn’t hate it.
Silver Linings Playbook
Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
Back to honing his craft of making light of unfavorable circumstances, Russell charms with this deliciously dysfunctional romantic comedy. Cooper delivers a surprisingly “type-shattering” performance as a mentally volatile guy who’s trying to win back his estranged wife. Despite all the talk about Lawrence, who’s arguably great, too, Clayton also thinks Cooper is easily the strongest lead player here.
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Joe Wright teams up with frequent muse Keira Knightley in one of their favorite pastimes together–a visually sumptuous period piece. This time, Wright, with the help of Tom Stoppard’s screenplay, adapts Tolstoy’s famous novel about Anna, a Russian aristocrat, who begins a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
Director: Michael Walker
Starring: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse
Family man, Peter (different guy), is stuck in a dead-end job in a failing supermarket chain until he gets a fiery new boss, Susan, who takes a liking to him and promotes him to an executive position, but not without its drawbacks. Check out Joey’s review for more.
Director: Ciaran Foy
Starring: Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku
An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed an act of violence against his family years earlier.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Director: Yash Chopra
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma
Betrayed by his lover, a young musician joins the Indian Army bomb squad where he meets and falls in love with a female journalist.
What will you be seeing this weekend?