Thursday, September 2, 2010

Movie Capsules by Barry Epstein– Aug. 27, 2010

Movie Capsules by Barry Epstein– Aug. 27, 2010 Playing at the Cinemark, Muvico, Regal & Sunrise Cinemas

Maos Last Dancer *** 1/2
Historical Drama. The inspiring true story of Li Cunxin and his extraordinary journey from a poor upbringing in rural China to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer. Based on the best selling autobiography, the film weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life. It compellingly captures the struggles, sacrifices and triumphs, as well as the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile. Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Amanda Schull, Joan Chen and Alice Parkinson. PG 117 minutes Three and a half stars at Regal Shadowwood

The Infidel ***
Art/Foreign and Comedy. Meet Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili), something of a relaxed Muslim. He may not be the most observant, but in his heart he is as Muslim as it gets. But after his mother dies, he finds his birth certificate which reveals that not only was he adopted at birth, but that he is Jewish. As Mahmud tumbles headlong into a full scale identity crisis, the only person he can turn to is Lenny (Richard Schiff), a drunken Jewish cabbie who agrees to give him lessons in Jewishness NR 106 minutes Three stars at Sunrise Deerfield 8

Takers ** 1/2
Action/Adventure and Crime/Gangster. A notorious group of criminals continue to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies. They are in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind and laying low in between heists. But when they attempt to pull off one last job with more money at stake than ever before, the crew may find their plans interrupted by a hardened detective who is hell-bent on solving the case. Starring: Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez and Tip "T.I." Harris. PG-13 107 minutes Two and a half stars

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