Sunday, June 13, 2010

What's New in Blu? (Week of June 15)

“Darkman” (R)
Starring Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake
Directed by Sam Raimi

Although it was hardly a hit when it hit theaters 20 years ago, Sam Raimi’s action-thriller has picked up fans over the years. The film has a bit of a comic book feel to it, with a disfigured avenger looking to right the wrong perpetrated against him, while still trying to recapture the happiness of his former life. Raimi went onto much bigger exploits with a real comic book hero (The “Spider-Man” series), but “Darkman” showed the director ability to mix in action, comedy and violence on a much smaller budget. He’s helped by the inventive camera work by cinematographer Bill Pope and the spirited music score by Danny Elfman. This was also an early peek into Neeson as an action star – something he’s been dabbling in again all these years later.
Grade: B+

Other releases:
“The Book of Eli” (R)
Starring Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Malcolm McDowell, Tom Waits
Directed by Allen and Albert Hughes

“Flash Gordon” (PG)
Starring Sam Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed
Directed by Mike Hodges

“When in Rome” (PG-13)
Starring Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, Will Arnett, Anjelica Huston, Danny DeVito
Directed by Mark Steven Johnson

“Youth in Revolt” (R)
Starring Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart, M. Emmett Walsh, Fred Willard, Justin Long, Zach Galifianakis
Directed by Miguel Arteta

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