Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Limitless,' 'Paul,' & More
March 14th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Last week I was able to interview director Cary Fukunaga and actress Mia Wasikowska about their most recent project “Jane Eyre.” I got to talk with them about their motives for remaking a classic story like Jane Eyre, about working with Judi Dench, and about life on the road promoting movies. If you have not already read it, check out my interview with them, and my review of the film.
I’ve already seen “Paul,” starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which debuts this week, and I have plans to see two other films coming out: “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “Limitless.” I will also be interviewing the writer and director for “Limitless.” Look out for my interview and for some reviews later this week.
In addition to “Paul,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” and “Limitless,” you’ll have the opportunity to catch “Win Win,” “Bill Cunningham New York,” “Cracks,” and “Winter in Wartime.”
A writer named Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) stumbles onto a top-secret drug, NZT, that allows him to use 100 percent of his brain. As his fame and fortune skyrocket, he starts to consider the drug’s shadowy origins, especially as he discovers a team of killers has been trailing his every move.
Neil Burger, the man behind 2006’s “The Illusionist,” directs this thriller. Comedic screenwriter Leslie Dixon, who wrote the 1999 remake “The Thomas Crown Affair,” revisits the action genre by adapting Alan Glynn’s book The Dark Fields. Robert De Niro co-stars as a billionaire who takes Eddie under his wing and Abbie Cornish plays Eddie’s love interest.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro fans should be first in line to see this thriller. If you’ve always wondered what life would be like if you could use all of your potential, then you should see “Limitless.”
Two British comic book nerds (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) on a road trip in the United States, unexpectedly encounter an alien (voice of Seth Rogen) outside Area 51. With their new guest aboard their RV, they soon find themselves being chased by federal agents and the father of a young woman they accidentally kidnap.
“Superbad” director Greg Mottola helms this sci-fi comedy written by its stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Joining Pegg and Frost on screen is a hilarious cast which includes Jeffrey Tambor, Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Sci-fi aficionados and comic book nerds, who like stories geared specifically toward them, should see this. If you appreciate comedies loaded with geeky references like “Scott Pilgrim vs The World,” then you should definitely check out “Paul.”
THE LINCOLN LAWYER
Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a hotshot criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles who operates out of the back seat in his Lincoln. Having spent the majority of his career defending common thugs, Mick lands the case of a lifetime defending a rich playboy (Ryan Phillippe), accused of attempted murder. However, what initially seems to be a straightforward case swiftly turns into a deadly match of wits and a crisis of conscience for Haller.
Brad Furman, the filmmaker responsible for 2007’s “The Take,” directs this legal drama. Television writer/producer John Romano pens the screenplay for the film, adapting a Michael Connelly novel by the same name.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that prefer stories about lawyers whose ethics are challenged should see this movie. If you follow Matthew McConaughey extensively and you liked his turn as an attorney in “A Time to Kill,” then you should watch “The Lincoln Lawyer.”
To help support his family, attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) also works as a high school wrestling coach. After he assumes guardianship of an elderly client, Flaherty’s fortune changes when the man’s runaway grandchild shows up. The troubled young man becomes a wrestling star, but things become complicated when his mother returns fresh from rehab, with the hope of reclaiming her son.
Actor Thomas McCarthy writes and directs his third film with this dramedy. The screenplay is based on a story that McCarthy developed with Joe Tiboni. Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young star alongside Paul Giamatti.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Followers of Paul Giamatti, which value his roles mixing drama and comedy, should see this. If you missed Thomas McCarthy’s directing work in “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor,” but you’ve enjoyed his acting, then you should give “Win Win” a chance.
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
This documentary focuses on the prolific New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham.
Relative newcomer Richard Press directs this documentary feature on Bill Cunningham. Press interviews colleagues of the 80-year-old photographer and follows him around, watching him do what he does best.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Photographers who worship Cunningham’s work and admire his dedication should see this documentary. If you have enjoyed Cunningham’s columns in the Style section of The New York Times, then you should seek out “Bill Cunningham New York.”
At a British boarding school, a clique of female students is disrupted by the arrival of a beautiful new Spanish student Fiamma. This young woman infatuates Miss G (Eva Green), the school’s most popular teacher, who is the center of the girls’ lives.
Ridley Scott’s daughter Jordan Scott writes and directs this romantic thriller. She receives assistance on the screenplay from Ben Court and Caroline Ip, who aid her in adapting the story from a novel by Sheila Kohler.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Independent film fans should see this scandalous boarding school tale. If you are curious to see whether Jordan Scott’s skills are on par with her father Ridley or her uncle Tony, then you should catch “Cracks.”
WINTER IN WARTIME
In 1945, in Nazi-occupied Holland, young Michiel (Martijn Lakemeier) decides to help a wounded British paratrooper (Jamie Campbell Bower). This draws Michiel into the resistance movement, however he soon realizes that he does not know who to trust among the adults around him.
Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven writes and directs this historical drama. Koolhoven adapts a novel by Jan Terlouw with the help of Mieke de Jong and Paul Jan Nelissen.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Period piece lovers that have a preference toward World War II stories should see this movie. If you enjoy foreign films, then you should watch “Winter in Wartime.”
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