Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What's New In Blu? (Week of April 20)

“Crazy Heart” (PG-13)
Starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell
Directed by Scott Cooper

Having crafted a long and outstanding career, Jeff Bridges finally got his due from the Academy Awards when he took home the Best Actor Oscar in March for his role as Bad Blake, a former country music star working on the fringes of the music business. The script by Scott Cooper (who also makes his directing debut here) doesn’t throw in too many surprises, but does allow its actors moments to shine and the time to let a scene unfold. Bridges and Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal as a small-town reporter smitten with the alcoholic, yet charismatic singer, are particularly good in their many scenes together. T-Bone Burnett’s music in the film is also notable, with a number of songs performed by Bridges and co-star Colin Farrell.
Grade: B+

Other releases:
“44 Inch Chest” (R)
Starring Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, Joanne Whalley
Directed by Malcolm Venville

“Avatar” (PG-13)
Starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Lang
Directed by James Cameron

“The Lovely Bones” (PG-13)
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan
Directed by Peter Jackson

“Minority Report” (PG-13)
Starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Max Von Sydow
Directed by Steven Spielberg

“The Young Victoria” (PG)
Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee

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