MOVIE CORNER

February 9, 2009

2. He s Just Not That Into You – $22.3M

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Boasting enough marquee names for three films, HEÂ’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is a star-studded comedy about love and relationships. Director Ken Kwapis (LICENSE TO WED) reigns over an impressive cast: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Connelly, producer Drew Barrymore, Kevin Connolly, and Scarlett Johansson. Each of the nine major characters has his or her own plot–a woman desperate to get married after seven years of dating, a man tempted to cheat on his wife, a young woman who just wants her date to call her, etc.–but everyone is connected through work, marriage, or friendship, drawing the characters and their stories together. <br><br>Goodwin might be flanked by much larger stars–especially Aniston, Affleck, Barrymore, Connelly, and Johansson–but the adorable actress is the highlight of this film. Though her characterÂ’s borderline obsessive efforts at love invite squirms and cringes from the audience, GoodwinÂ’s fine portrayal also earns the viewersÂ’ sympathy, especially since many people can identify with her struggles. In fact, HEÂ’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is based on a popular self-help book that many women bought–and bought into–and the book itself grew out of an episode of SEX AND THE CITY. With its portrayals of numerous relationship issues, this romantic comedy is sure to appeal to the fans of Carrie & Co.

4. Coraline – $18.9M

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As covetous children are often warned: “Be careful what you wish for.” ItÂ’s this very cautionary wisdom that sets the stage for Henry SelickÂ’s CORALINE, an eerily eye-popping stop-motion animation tale of fractured dreams and families made whole. As the films opens, Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and her parents (Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman) have moved into the Pink Palace, a once-vibrant boarding house thatÂ’s turned drab and dilapidated. As her parents work feverishly on a new gardening catalog, the bored and belligerent Coraline is admonished to explore her new worldÂ’s possibilities. Along the way she meets her fellow tenants, including two aging English showgirls and a mouse-training Russian acrobat, as well as an outcast neighborhood boy named Wybie. But it is a mysterious hidden door that most piques CoralineÂ’s interest–a gateway to a parallel world where her “other” parents and neighbors live only to see Coraline well fed and endlessly entertained. All is not cakes and carnivals for Coraline, though, and the black buttons that have replaced the eyes of these otherworldly imitations hint at darker intentions. When these intentions are revealed, Cora and a friendly magical cat use their wits and willpower to defeat CoralineÂ’s wicked “other mother” and restore balance in the real world. Based on Neil GaimanÂ’s beloved childrenÂ’s novel, director Selick (THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS) uses the stop-motion technique to bring CORALINE to life with amazing visual and emotional depth. The result is a frightfully magical adventure that will give the whole family plenty to shriek, cheer, and talk about.

February 2, 2009

3. Taken – $21.8M

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Liam Neeson is an unstoppable force in this adrenaline-fueled thriller from director Pierre Morel. Bryan (Neeson) has taken early retirement from the CIA in order to live closer to his teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Bryan’s government work kept him away from Kim for much of her childhood, and he’s now trying to make up for lost time. When Kim announces that she’s taking a trip to Paris with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy), Bryan is apprehensive about her traveling on her own. His worst fear is soon realized, as Kim and Amanda are abducted upon their arrival in France. Bryan immediately springs into action, using his well-honed CIA skills to piece together clues from a single, frantic phone call he received from Kim. He hops a plane to Paris, determined to rescue his daughter before she falls off the grid completely. With some help from his old CIA buddies, he tracks down the kidnappers–an Albanian crime ring known for selling young girls into the sex trade. He quickly takes matters into his own hands, plowing his way through Paris’s underworld as the clock ticks down and the bullets fly. His search propels him into the upper echelons of a massive crime ring, putting him closer and closer to his beloved daughter.<br><br>Neeson is known for tackling extremely cerebral roles, so it is interesting to see him in full-on action-hero mode. In TAKEN he is no less than a crime-fighting machine–a Bourne/Bond hybrid with a deathly serious baritone. And while he spends most of the film firing Uzis and snapping necks, he still manages to deliver a moving performance as an estranged father fighting for what he loves most in the world. The film undeniably owes a lot to Neeson’s acting chops. He manages to raise this rather thinly plotted, deeply violent film a bar above your typical action fare.

9. The Uninvited – $6.3M

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Anna returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father has become engaged to her mother’s former nurse. That night, Anna is visited by her mother’s ghost, who warns her of Rachel’s intentions. Together, Anna and her sister try to convince their father that his current fiancée is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.

8. New in Town – $6.7M

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In this romantic comedy, Renée Zellweger stars as Lucy Hill, a powerful businesswoman who feels right at home in glamorous Miami. But soon a business opportunity takes her to small town America, and she realizes that she may have found more there than just another way to climb the corporate ladder. Harry Connick Jr. costars as the object of Lucy’s affection, and JUNO’s J.K. Simmons also plays a role.

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