Monday, January 3, 2011; 11:08 AM
The following is a list of films debuting this week on national and Washington area movie screens.
Opening Friday, January 7
"Alamar" (NR): Jorge takes his young son Natan on a trip abroad, hoping to teach him about his Mayan origins in Mexico. At first the boy is physically and emotionally uncomfortable with the whole affair. But as father and son spend more time together, Natan begins a learning experience that will remain with him forever
"Country Strong" (PG-13): Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (GwynethPaltrow), the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (Tim McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Leighton Meester). Watch the trailer
"Season of the Witch" (PG-13):Medieval knight Behmen undertakes a mission pitting him against a devious witch and making him the last hope for the world against an ancient and dark force. Watch the trailer
Opened Saturday, December 25
Opened Wednesday, December 22
"Casino Jack" (R): The dramatized story of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the network of influence peddlers, politicians and policymakers he helped bring to power in the 1990s. Watch the trailer
"Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" (NR): In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. Watch the trailer
"True Grit" (R): Ethan and Joel Coen bring their signature touch to this remake of the classic western, about a young girl's search for justice after her father is murdered in cold blood. (National release) Watch the trailer
Opened Friday, December 17
"The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector" (NR): Vikram Jayanti chronicles the life of one of the most influential music producers of the 20th century.
"The King's Speech" (R): Firth stars as Britain's King George VI, who had to overcome a speech impediment to lead the country to war in 1936 when his brother Edward abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. (Already in limited release; opening in Washington, D.C.) Watch the trailer
"Bhutto" (NR): Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the "Kennedys of Pakistan," Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. (Already in limited release; opening in Washington, D.C.)
"The Fighter" (R): Director David O. Russell dramatizes the early life of world welterweight boxing champ "Irish" Micky Ward, whose early bouts with crime and drugs nearly destroyed him. (Already in limited release; opening in Washington, D.C.) Watch the trailer
"How Do You Know" (R): A woman in transition starts a fling with a professional ballplayer, only to discover he might be falling for her. A swivet of mixed feelings ensues. (National release) Watch the trailer
"Leaving (Partir)" (NR): A woman living comfortably in the South of France upends her world when she meets an attractive ex-con.
"Night Catches Us" (R): Set on the steamy streets of Philadelphia during the summer of 1976, "Night Catches Us" follows Marcus, an ex-Black Panther who returns home to confront his past. Watch the trailer
"The Tempest" (PG-13): Julie Taymor's adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, about a sorcerer and sorceress who wield their powers over shipwrecked travelers on a magical island. Watch the trailer
Opened Friday, December 10
"All Good Things" (R): Based on the most haunting missing-person case in New York history, when real estate scion Robert Durst came under suspicion of murdering his wife, Kathie, after she disappeared in 1982. (Already in limited release; opening in Washington, D.C.) Watch the trailer
"Breathless (A Bout De Souffle)" Michel Poiccard is a petty Parisian criminal who aspires to be Humphrey Bogart. After he steals a car and shoots a police officer, his life starts to resemble the plots of American gangster films as he dodges cops and plans his escape from the law. His "girl" Patricia -- an American student --i s torn between following Michel and staying in Paris.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (PG): Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are swallowed by a painting and plunged into a watery world where the fate of Narnia rests on their confrontations with strange beasties and sundry foes. (National release) Watch the trailer
"I Love You Phillip Morris" (R): A fact-based black comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Texas police officer-turned-con man who makes the leap after being sent to prison and falling in love with his sensitive cellmate. (Already in limited release; opening in Washington, D.C.) Watch the trailer
"Marwencol" (NR): Hogancamp was beaten to within an inch of his life in 2000; this documentary chronicles his recovery, which involved creating a detailed fantasy world populated by dolls and a miniature World War II-era European village. Watch the trailer
"The Tourist" (PG-13): A man arriving in Venice to nurse a broken heart crosses paths with a beautiful woman, only to find himself on the run as part of a mysterious international plot. (National release) Watch the trailer
Opened Friday, December 3
"Black Swan" (R): Natalie Portman stars as an ambitious young ballerina who will stop at nothing to win a coveted role, even as she teeters on the brink of a psychological breakdown. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. (National release) Watch the trailer
Waste Lan The film follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho outside Rio de Janeiro. He photographs an eclectic band of "matadors" -- or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. (Already in limited release; opening in Washington, D.C.) Watch the trailer
"Tiny Furniture" (NR): Lena Dunham dramatizes life with a famous photographer for a mom in this serio-comic look at art, love and coming of age. (Already in limited release; opening in Washington, D.C.) Watch the trailer