Sneak Preview: '2012,' 'Pirate Radio' and other movies opening this week

Al Alexander


Long ago the Mayans predicted that life on Earth would end on Dec. 21, 2012. Turns out they’re right. And eagerly waiting to obliterate the big blue marble is “Independence Day’s” Roland Emmerick, who has recruited John Cusack and Woody Harrelson to help him do it. Remember: It’s only a movie.


Screenwriter Richard Curtis (“Three Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) wrote and directs a loving ode to underground radio in the UK during the 1960s, when the BBC refused to play rock. Aiding Curtis is an all-star cast led by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh and Bill Nighy.


The subjectivity of contemporary art gets a skewing in this quirky comedy starring Marley Shelton as a Chelsea gallery owner falling for a temperamental music composer played by Adam Goldberg. The film is filmmaker Jonathan Parker’s follow-up to his acclaimed “Bartleby.”


The controversial attorney, best known for his representation of the Chicago 8, is profiled by his daughters, filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler, who approach their subject with an even hand, championing his fight for equal rights and taking issue with his defense of rapists, assassins and terrorists.

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