Saturday, January 10, 2009

TRAILERS: All About Steve, Duplicity, The Hurt Locker, Young Victoria, and Fighting


Duplicity **1/2
If the only reason you liked Mr. and Mrs. Smith was because of the petty competition between the romantic interests and the suspense of what they'd do next to dupe the other, then you'll love this explosion-free, corporate version starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen (Children of Men). Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton and The Bourne Ultimatum) tells the story of two "corporate spies who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses," but have a serious problem trusting each other to hilarious extents.

All About Steve ***
Sandra Bullock plays the craziest character yet. She's this super dorky, red-pleather-boot wearing hopeless romantic who follows her blind date (Bradley Cooper from Yes Man and "Alias") to the location of his next job. That wouldn't be so wacky if he weren't a CNN cameraman, who has to chase tornadoes and record protests, where romance is a little difficult to facilitate. Bullock raises humiliation to a new level, falling into mines, running away from natural disasters, and making an ass out of herself on national television. DJ Qualls (The New Guy) and Katy Mixon (Four Christmases) play her bestfriends, and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) is the anchorman. The only setback is that Kim Barker wrote it, and her only other credit to date is License to Wed, which was only funny because of John Krasinski.


The Hurt Locker ***
A gritty Iraqi war drama about an elite army bomb squad faced with hidden mines and suicide bombers, starring Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Mackie (We Are Marshall), Jeremy Renner (The Assassination of Jesse James), David Morse (Disturbia), and Christian Camargo ("Dexter"). It was a written by Mark Boal (In the Valley of Elah) and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (K-19: The Widowmaker and Point Break).

Young Victoria *1/2
It's the story of how Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt from The Devil Wears Prada) began her reign, struggled for control and respect, and slowly fell in love with Prince Albert (Rupert Friend from Pride and Prejudice a.k.a. Keira Knightley's bf), the one man who wanted to rule beside her and not for her. Since Julian Fellows wrote it, I hope it won't be as dry as Vanity Fair and Godsford Park.

Fighting *
If you'd like to see Never Back Down with a shirtless Channing Tatum in the lead and Terrence Howard as his bare-knuckle, street-fighting manager, then you might enjoy this movie. Unlike NBD, which took place in the rich suburbs of Florida, this film has a grittier urban edge. But instead of fighting for pride, it's all about money and "getting out of the ghetto." It'll actually be the first Tatum movie I'll have no qualms about not seeing, even though it was co-written and directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) and Robert Munic ("The Cleaner"). The film also stars Luis Guzman (Nothing Like the Holidays), Brian J. White (Stomp the Yard), and Zulay Henao (Feel the Noise).

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