Director: Malgoska Szumowska
Personal Interest Factor: 6
A rare movie being released with an NC-17, starring Juliette Binoche as a journalist investigating a prostitution ring. Reviews aren’t very good, but I’ve been thinking about something Jeff Wells passed along a couple weeks ago, which is that any movie with strong sexual content will automatically take a critical hit. I think that’s probably true, at least in general terms, and it makes me look at the ratings for this in a more skeptical light. I probably won’t get around to seeing it, though, even though I’m a big fan of Binoche.
Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (trailer)
Director: Bruce Beresford (Double Jeopardy, Bride of the Wind, Evelyn, Mao’s Last Dancer)
Personal Interest Factor: 4
Jane Fonda playing a hippie grandma, from the director of Driving Miss Daisy. No thanks.
Director: Ridley Scott (A Good Year, American Gangster, Body of Lies, Robin Hood)
Personal Interest Factor: 7
It seems like the marketing for this has been ubiquitous over the past few months, but I still can’t say that I know anything about it at all. Scott is a director who is underwhelming more often than not – almost always, actually – so I can’t say that I’m breathlessly anticipating the film, but this time of year, anything that doesn’t look awful is welcome.
Also this week:
Late Bloomers (trailer) – romantic comedy(?) with William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (trailer) – third in this stupid-looking series
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (trailer) – doc investigating the pink ribbon phenomenon