Speaking of Oscars, Marie Antoinette, Sofia Coppola’s long-awaited third feature, opens this weekend, reuniting the directrix with The Virgin Suicides it-girl Kirsten Dunst. (Check out an interview with Coppola and Dunst, page 21.)
Look, not to out anyone here, but Alison Lohman is 27 years old. OK? So let’s just knock it off with this teenager crap. White Oleander, Matchstick Men, Big Fish, and now, the girl-and-her-horse flick Flicka … she’s an extremely talented actress — let’s let her play someone who’s been to third base, huh?
Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman limn dueling magicians in the great-looking The Prestige, which I hope will be the first Chris Nolan picture I can honestly say I loved.
The U.S. vs. John Lennon attempts a glimpse into the life of the famously bespectacled Beatle during his shift to activism (review, page 23).
Maggie Smith, Rowan Atkinson, and Kristin Scott Thomas converge on Keeping Mum, a British comedy about a bumbling priest and a possibly homicidal nanny. Um, also with Patrick Swayze. (Yes, that one.)
A little pressed for space this time; back to long-winded meanderings next week. Promise.
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