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JUNE 2007

 

KNOCKED UP: Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann (Written and directed by Judd Apatow; Universal) Seth Rogen, the hilarious stoned slacker in Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” is backon Apatow’s turf. This time he's a loser with the ladies who, to his own amazement, gets lucky with a sexy, brainy blonde who’s boozily celebrating a career triumph. The evening stretches into a one-night stand, a whopper of a hangover, and the scary prospect of parenthood. Can this relationship be saved? Click here for the "Knocked Up" trailer. Now Playing

 

 

OCEAN’S THIRTEEN: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Bernie Mac, Ellen Barkin, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Scott Caan, Shaobo Qin, Eddie Jemison (Directed by Steven Soderbergh; Written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien; Warner Bros.) Danny Ocean, the coolest, most mischievously macho crook we know, will be back with his law-defying pals, and of course he will be played by the peerless George Clooney. We won’t have the pleasure of Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ company this time around the Vegas block, but we will have Al Pacino as a slick--but perhaps vulnerable--manager of a trendy casino. To read Guy Flatley's 1973 interview with Al Pacino, click here; for Guy's 1973 interview with Elliott Gould, click here; for the "Ocean's 13" trailer, click here. Now Playing

LA VIE EN ROSE: Marion Cotillard, Gerard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marc Barbé, Caroline Sihol, Catherine Allegret (Directed by Olivier Dahan; Written by Olivier Dahan and Isabelle Sobelman; Picturehouse Entertainment) Everybody loved Edith Piaf, except Piaf herself. An insecure, impoverished Parisian who suffered a brutal childhood dominated by her brothel-managing grandmother, Piaf blossomed into the most idolized, heartbreaking chanteuse in the history of France. Yet she died young, the victim of booze, drugs and her own emotional fragility. Playing Piaf, Marion Cotillard is already being talked about as a contender for an Oscar as Best Actress of 2007. To read Diane Baroni's 1991 interview with Gerard Depardieu, click here. Now Playing

A MIGHTY HEART: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Sajid Hasan, Will Patton (Directed by Michael Winterbottom; Written by Michael Winterbottom and Laurence Coriat; Paramount Vantage) In “A Mighty Heart,” Mariane Pearl wrote movingly about the kidnapping and murder of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, by Muslim terrorists in Pakistan. Now, in the adaptation of her book, Mrs. Pearl is played by activist-actress Angelina Jolie. A strong indication that the film will be both tough and compassionate is the fact that it will be directed by Michael Winterbottom, currently represented on screen by “The Road to Guantanamo.” Winterbottom collaborated on the screenplay with Laurence Coriat, author of the screenplay of his wonderful “Wonderland.” Now Playing

LADY CHATTERLEY: Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc’h, Hippolyte Girardot, Helene Alexandridis, Helene Fillieres (Directed by Pascale Ferran; Written by Pascale Ferran and Roger Bohbot; Kino International) Critics are saying “C’est magnifique” about this daring French take on D. H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” The full-frontal tale of an emotionally withered wife who blossoms under the tutelage of her indefatigable gamekeeper is brought to fierce life by Marina Hands and Jean-Louis Coulloc’h. And everyone seems to agree that writer-director Pascale Ferran establishes herself here as one of today’s most nuanced and forceful filmmakers. To read Guy Flatley's review of "Lady Chatterley," click here; to read about other new movies based on books, click here. Now Playing

SICKO: (Written and directed by Michael Moore; The Weinstein Company/Lionsgate) What could be sicker than the United States health care system? Nothing--which is a point Michael Moore surely makes in his latest documentary. Anyone who has seen “Roger & Me,” “Bowling for Columbine” or “Fahrenheit 9/11” knows that Moore is not timid when digging for the wormy truth beneath corporate posturing and political double talk. The targets topping his must-expose list on this occasion are unscrupulous, money-crazed pharmaceutical companies and HMOs. And to bare the facts of shoddy medical treatment provided on--and immediately following--9/11, Moore reportedly interviewed numerous duped heroes who toiled on the poisonous World Trade Center debris pile. He also traveled to Cuba in his determination to demonstrate that Castro’s health care program is superior to that of the Bush administration. Nobody can say that “Sicko” doesn’t sock it to ’em. To read the Variety review, click here. Now Playing

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q, Justin Long, Jeffrey Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cyril Raffaelli (Directed by Len Wiseman; Written by Mark Bomback; Fox) For the fourth--but probably not last--time, Bruce Willis plays rugged, profanity-spewing New York detective John McClane. It all began, of course, with “Die Hard” in 1988, when Willis was a 33-year-old rising star. But he--or, at least, the McClane character--is certainly not living in the past. He is in fact right up to the minute, taking on a perilous assignment with the Department of Homeland Security. His mission? To prevent rabid but clever terrorists from destroying the intricate technology that makes the United States the most powerful nation in the world. Or something like that. Now Playing

EVENING: Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Dancy, Natasha Richardson, Mamie Gummer, Eileen Atkins, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Barry Bostwick (Directed by Lajos Koltai; Written by Susan Minot and Michael Cunningham; Focus Features) Ann Lord, played by Vanessa Redgrave, has been married three times, but the only man she ever truly loved was one she never married. Now on her deathbed, she feels the intense need to reveal the secret of her long-ago affair to two of her daughters, one of whom is played by Redgrave’s own daughter, Natasha Richardson. In the film’s frequent flashbacks, the love-crazed Ann Lord is played by Claire Danes, and the young Ann’s best friend, Lila Wittenborn, is played by Mamie Gummer, the real-life daughter of Meryl Streep. So who plays the mature Lila? Meryl Streep, of course. As for Ann’s red-hot lover, he’s played by Patrick Wilson, who, come to think of it, was pretty hot as Kate Winslet’s lover in “Little Children.” Michael Cunningham, author of “The Hours,” and Susan Minot collaborated on the adaptation of Minot’s lavishly praised 1998 novel. Now Playing