Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What's New in Blu? (Week of Sept. 14)

“Seven” (R)

Starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Roundtree, John C. McGinley and Kevin Spacey

Directed by David Fincher

There have been a lot – and I mean a lot – of serial killer movies that have come out over the years, particularly since 1995, when “Seven” hit theaters. And many of those that have been released over the past 15 years have taken a least a little inspiration from David Fincher’s dark, disturbing and morbidly fascinating thriller. With an excellent cast at his disposal (three have earned Oscars in the years since this release), Fincher showed he’s capable of crafting a visually arresting film that enhances an already strong story by Andrew Kevin Walker. While employing some of the tried and true aspects of a crime drama (the detective on one last case before retirement, the young hotshot partner looking to make his mark), the movie allows the actors some room to explore their characters, particularly Freeman as the world weary Det. Somerset. And it’s one of those rare cop movies that still has something significant to say by its conclusion, as opposed to the cliched car chase and shootout that peppers so many films in the genre.

Grade: A-

“Letters to Juliet” (PG)

Starring Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael Garcia Bernal and Vanessa Redgrave

Directed by Gary Winick

“Jacob’s Ladder” (R)

Starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena and Danny Aiello

Directed by Adrian Lyne

“Just Wright” (PG)

Starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton

Directed by Sanaa Hamri

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (PG-13)

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina

Directed by Robert Luketic

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