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The MRQE Buzz | Friday, October 14, 2011
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Opening This Week
Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin vie to be the ultimate bird-watcher in THE BIG YEAR. Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough cut loose in the updated & remade FOOTLOOSE. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Eric Christian Olsen discover a new parasite in THE THING. Antonio Banderas develops a tougher skin in Pedro Almodovar's THE SKIN I LIVE IN.
THE SKIN I LIVE IN -- 74
Pedro Almodóvar takes a turn for the suspenseful in this thriller adapted from a Thierry Jonquet novel, Tarantula. Antonio Banderas stars as Dr. Robert Ledgard, a successful plastic surgeon who, after suffering the death of his wife who had burned in a car crash, develops a new form of skin that can't burn. Dr. Ledgard has only tested the skin on mice, but he's been holding captive a young woman whom he hopes will serve as his human guinea pig. Mystery, intrigue, and a touch of sci-fi/horror converge in a twisted tale that generated buzz at both Cannes and this week's American premiere at the New York Film Festival. The only thing missing, of course, is Penélope Cruz... >Read the reviews!
On DVD & Blu-ray:
THE TREE OF LIFE -- 78
Terrence Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE took the top prize at Cannes this year, and gained much critical praise upon its release in May. While it's unlikely the film still carry the same weight come awards season, what does remain is an epic that will surely end up on a number of critics' top ten lists for the year. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn are the stars in this high-concept drama about love and life and searching for meaning in the world. Of course, as we mentioned in May, while the laudations were (and still are) abound, some critics feel this film is a bit too heavy-handed. Regardless, the stunning visuals will keep the patient in their seat. >Read the reviews!
"Wow, how can they produce such an AWFUL movie? The CGI is actually pretty good, but WAY over-used. And they had the useless pretty girl - I cannot figure out why she was in there. It was just a mindless, too-long movie, a real shame."