So what do we have in theaters this week? Oh just Liam Neeson, Neeson-ing the shit out of some wolves in "The Grey." Oh yeah. Neeson puts the smack down on those wolves with his bare hands. I feel like listening to metal when I think about this. Anyway, our review of the Joe Carnahan joint says the film is plagued by "inconsistent characterization and a coarse sensibility that reduces 'The Grey' to sequences of character actors trapped in dull roles, chased by cartoon animals." Rotten Tomatoes: 76% Metacritic: 64
While we try to figure out if Katherine Heigl has been sent from hell to torment us all, she's in a new movie based on the Janet Evanovich paperback "One for the Money." She's a bounty hunter or something in this. And she's wearing a brown wig and I think sporting a Long Island accent. No reviews yet, babies! It wasn't screened for critics, but one of our staff bit the bullet so we'll have a review soon.
Want to see what Oscar bait looks like? Look no further than Glenn Close dressing up and being all repressed in "Albert Nobbs" (and note, we avoided turning that title into a joke) going into wide release (gosh, everything sounds dirty doesn't it?). Close is up for an Oscar for her role as a veteran staff member of the Morrison Hotel (not The Doors one) who struggles with her identity. We caught it at TIFF and called it a "a cross-dressing drama that plays it disappointingly straight." But it's worth watching for all scenes Janet McTeer steals; she truly deserves a statue. RT: 53% MC: 58
"Declaration of War" is a French film directed by writer/star Valerie Donzelli, with a script by her partner and co-star Jeremie Elkaim, based on their struggle to cope with their young son's illness. Our review says, "one of the ways our characters maintain their sanity is through art projects, and the very existence of 'Declaration' is proof that this method of coping continues for the pair. This is not the end of our story, Donzelli and Elkaim are saying, merely the beginning of your involvement. It is a philosophy shared by all great movies." RT: 87% MC: 76