The low-down on this week’s premieres
Jane Fonda, Jen-ince-Vaughniston-fer, and the antichrist? Let’s get to it.
Down with Love and Bring it On’s Peyton Reed directs Vince Vaughn and Jennifer “Everyone Knows my Business” Aniston in The Break-Up, about a couple that splits, but remain together in the shared condo that neither is willing to give up. A battle-of-the-sexes scenario ensues, as each launches a psychological campaign to get the other to move out (but probably fall all back in love again, I’m guessing). At first glance, I’m wary: Vaughn’s twitchy, uber-quick-und-dripping-with-sarcasm delivery has gone from cool to one-note and grating in recent efforts, and this looks like little more than an evwybody-wuvs-Jennifer-Aniston vehicle, but then again: Reed’s aforementioned efforts were better than they should’ve been, and everybody does wuv Jennifer.
It was Richard Donner (yep, The Goonies and Lethal Weapon Richard Donner) who first sullied the name Damien with 1976’s The Omen; this time, Irish director John Moore gets a shot at beating the last bit of life from it with his take on the tried-and-true blissful-couple-births-the-unholy-spawn-of-Satan rubric. Moore’s last remake, 2004’s Flight of the Phoenix, swapped Dennis Quaid for Jimmy Stewart (and reportedly sucked mightily); this one turns Lee Remick into Julia Stiles and Gregory Peck into ... Liev Schreiber? Also onboard are Mia Farrow (who must’ve endured one heckuva bout of déjà vu) and the perfectly-cast-as-cast-can-be Pete Postlethwaite as the knowing Father Brennan. (Aside: Anyone else think the kid `whose real name is Seamus` just doesn’t look creepy enough?) Opens on (oh, you betcha) 6/6/06.
David Zeiger’s documentary Sir! No Sir! offers a side of Vietnam War-opposition not often seen: the inside. In chronicling the G.I. antiwar movement of the 1960s, Zeiger — who was an active crusader therein — utilizes interviews with servicemen and others closely involved (including “Hanoi Jane” Fonda) to tell the story of an influential peace effort that, for some reason, no one seems to know about, but still hits home today.
Jeremy Piven has indeed cornered the market on slick, unscrupulous talent agents: he’s oily, unctuous, apple-polishing Ari Gold in HBO’s Entourage, and unctuous, apple-polishing, oily Adam Fiedler in Scott Marshalls’s Keeping Up With the Steins, about a bar mitzvah gone awry (see review, this page).
Quite a selection this week — and only one remake! Have at ’em.
- Brian Villalobos
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.