Sneak Preview: 'Robin Hood' and other new movies
For their fifth collaboration, Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe venture deep into Sherwood Forest looking for an excuse for a bloodletting. Let’s hope it’s more “Gladiator” and less “A Good Year,” but rumors of script troubles raise doubts. And who, pray tell, plays Maid Marian? It be Cate Blanchett, natch.
LETTERS TO JULIET
Amanda Seyfried, who seems to be starring in every other movie this year, plays a woman vacationing in Verona, Italy, who tries her hand at matchmaking after being inspired by the story of “Romeo & Juliet.” And the woman she’s trying to reunite with an old flame is none other than Vanessa Redgrave. And wouldn’t you know it, the ol’ gal also has a cute grandson. Umm, I wonder if the youngins will get together.
Queen Latifah plays a physical therapist who draws the assignment of treating an NBA star played by Common (“Date Night”). But in easing his pain, he begins making her heart ache by falling in love with her gold-digging best friend (Paula Patton) instead of her.
MOTHER AND CHILD
Three women (Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington) are all dealing with issues concerning adoption in this compelling drama from writer-director Rodrigo Garcia.
THE GOOD HEART
Brian Cox and Paul Dano, who last starred together nine years ago in the critically acclaimed “L.I.E.,” reunite for a tale about a curmudgeonly New York bar owner taking a homeless young man under his wing and showing him compassion before a beautiful women (Isild Le Besco) comes between them. Dagur Kári Jacques directs.
NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS
Director Bahman Ghobadi takes an exuberant look at Tehran’s underground music scene and the need of the young artists to express themselves in an overtly repressive society. Negar Shaghaghi and Ashkan Koshanejad stars as two recently released political prisoners who start a band and plot their escape to Europe, where they will be allowed to perform without fear of reprisal.
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