The low-down on this week’s premieres
Racial tension rises high in Freedomland when a white woman’s car is allegedly hijacked by a black man with her 4-year-old son asleep in the back seat. But with the sketchy story Brenda Martin (Julianne Moore) gives to police detective Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson), the New Jersey cop must find the truth behind the occurrence before it rips a town apart. Sounds like a Hollywood rendition of the Susan Smith account to me.
In Eight Below, when a severe snowstorm forces a team of Antarctic explorers to leave their base, researcher Gerry Shepherd (Paul Walker) makes a decision to leave his eight sled dogs behind because there is only so much room on the departing helicopter. Gerry is unable to return and the Huskies set off on a adventure for survival through the isolated arctic. Think Incredible Journey on ice.
What the Scary Movie series did for horror films, Date Movie does for romantic comedies. From My Best Friend’s Wedding to The Wedding Planner to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the parodies are nonstop as Alyson Hannigan (American Pie) searches for the man of her dreams.
In Caché, a married couple is threatened when someone leaves videotapes on their front porch that show an unknown individual has secretly been taping them. The film, which won the Best Director Award (Michael Haneke) at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, stars Daniel Auteuil (Aprés vous) and Juliette Binoche (Chocolat).
The documentary Through the Fire from Cinema Libre studios tells the story of Coney Island basketball star, Sebastian Telfair, who went from a Brooklyn high school straight into the NBA. Telfair is a second-year player for the lowly Portland Trailblazers.
Local premiere dates for limited-release films are tentative and can change at the last minute. Please check your local theater listings to confirm showtimes. •