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JANUARY 2011


SEASON OF THE WITCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Claire Foy, Stephen Graham, Ulrich Thomsen, Robert Sheehan, Christopher Lee (Directed by Dominic Sena; Written by Bragi Schut Jr.; Relativity)

Which witch are we talking about? For the record, her name is unknown, but she is played by Claire Foy, a star who has yet to rise. The girl has been deemed a witch by folks who may be in the know and she is to be delivered to a faraway abbey, one where she’s certain to be judged (and terminated) by a bunch of religious wackos. Will she be able to persuade the pair of macho deserters from the Crusades (Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman) to do the right thing and set her free? If so, what price will the damsel in distress be forced to pay? And do you really care?  One thing is certain: it’s time for the genuinely talented Cage to get serious about his career again. –Guy Flatley  Now Playing

 

THE DILEMMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah (Directed by Ron Howard; Written by Allan Loeb; Universal)

They are so close that they could be mistaken for Siamese twins. Ronny and Nick, played by Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, certainly look alike, though one is chubbier than the other. Clearly, they act and think alike, which is to say they are both addicted to rough-housing, beer swilling, fistfighting and making gross jokes at the expense of one another. Down deep, however, these long-time buddies and business partners are as tender and protective as lovers can possibly be.

So, are Ronny and Nick literally lovers? No way! When not zanily engaged in punching and maiming each other, they have a whole other agenda. Ronny concentrates on wooing and summoning up the nerve to propose to sexy Beth (Jennifer Connelly), and Nick marvels at the fact that he’s been lucky enough to bed and wed the classy, if complicated, Geneva (Winona Ryder). Since this situation merely proves that even though boys will be boys, they still need girls to complete the picture, what is the problem here?

Well, the catastrophic truth is that Ronny has accidentally glimpsed Geneva kissing a musclebound male (Channing Tatum), a guy who bears no resemblance whatsoever to his pal Nick. So what is Ronny to do? Be honest and break the bad news to his best friend? Or remain selfishly mum so his business partner doesn’t go berserk and screw up a major deal they're on the verge of sealing with Chrysler? That is the problem—and the crucial dilemma--in this sad-at-heart comedy. For the record, Queen Latifah is on hand to serve up some strictly upbeat laughs. --Guy Flatley Now Playing Click here to read Guy Flatley's 1998 interview with Vince Vaughn.