A revisit to Jack and Rose's ill-fated trip on board of the Titanic – this time in 3D – is James Cameron's offering for the week ahead. And if you sleep through the first half of the film, make sure your neighbour nudges you in time to watch the ship sinking, in three glorious dimensions.
Other releases include a Brazilian documentary about social entrepreneurs the world over (Quem se Importa, a title that roughly translates as 'Those who care'), and a Brazil/USA co-production, Area Q about extraterrestrials in the northeastern state of Ceará. Well, what could possibily top 'ET landing in Ceará'? Best head straight for the full list of releases.
On the night of April 14 1912, the transatlantic RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic ocean, claiming the lives of over 1500 people. A century later, the 3D re-release of James Cameron's film – which, fifteen years ago, grossed almost two billion dollars, lauched DiCaprio's career and won eleven Oscars – is the, some might say, predictable way for Hollywood bankers to remember the date. As for reasons to see the film, we can't recall any, aside from seeing the ship sink in 3D glory unless, of course, you happen to be a massive Celine Dion fan.
Dir. James Cameron, USA, 1997. Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton. 194 mins.
When the son of an American journalist goes missing he ends up in the region of Quixadá and Quixeramobim, in the state of Ceará – an area known as Area Q. His mission? To investigate happenings that might be in some way related to sightings of extraterrestrial beings and to find his son along the way. Had this been directed by Ed Wood, we might give it some attention. But it's not.
Dir. Gerson Sanginitto, USA/Brazil, 2011. Isaiah Washington, Murilo Rosa, Tânia Khalil, Ricardo Conti. 107 mins.
The first American production by Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia (the man behind O Cheiro do Ralo), Gone is a small budget thriller (10 million dollars) that performed accordingly in the American box office (11.5 million by March 25, according to IMDB). The plot follows a young woman who's convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years earlier is behind her sister's disappearance. Discredited by the police, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands. It remains to be seen whether or not Dhalia will be able to overcome this trite premise and offer decent popcorn fare. Which is the most we can expect from it, really.
Dir. Heitor Dhalia, USA, 2012. Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Sebastian Stan. 94 mins.
Katherine Heigl, known to most as Grey’s Anatomy's Izzie Stevens, plays an unemployed woman who accepts a job as a bounty hunter for criminals at large. One of them just happens to be her highschool sweetheart. From that point on, the movie is a by-the-book screwball comedy: an unlikely couple, who in the beggining seem to hate each other's guts, are trapped together in an absurd situation, but their 'happily ever after' moment is just a matter of time.
Dir. Julie Anne Robinson, USA, 2012. Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, John Leguizamo, Debbie Reynolds. 91 mins.
Social entrepreneurialism is the theme of this documentary directed by Mara Mourão and narrated by actor Rodrigo Santora. It focuses on people like Bill Drayton, the founder of Ashoka, an organisation encouraging social entrepreneurs; the Bengali banker, economist and 2006 Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus; and Canadian educator Mary Gordon, who created a series of programmes aimed at encouraging empathy and thereby reducing aggression between schoolchildren. The film explores the idea that, at least some of the time, there can be simple solutions to serious issues.
Dir. Mara Mourão, Brazil, 2010. Muhammad Yunus, Bill Drayton, Al Etmanski, Bart Weetjens, Dener Giovanini, Mary Gordon, Oscar Rivas. Running time undisclosed.
Jean-Jacques Annaud has directed several succesful films such as The Name of the Rose, Seven Years in Tibet and Enemy at the Gates. These films take him to medieval Europe, Tibet and a Nazi-fighting Russia, respectively. Now, he turns his attention to the Arab Emirates in the 1930s when the 'black gold' of the title is first discovered in the area. In an area where feudal power reigns, the plot is based on the struggle for how best to use the oil, with Emir Nesib (Antonio Banderas) on one hand and his rival Sultan Amar (Mark Strong) on the other.
Dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud, France/Italy/Kata/Tunisia, 2011. Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Tahar Raim, Freida Pinto. 130 mins.
For his first feature film, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Steven Soderbergh was awarded a Palm d'Or, in Cannes. Ever since, in an unfortunate contradiction to what seemed like the start of a promising career, he became a director with no personal style, which people mistakenly take for versatility. Versatile filmmakers are capable of making their mark in a variety of different genres, like directors Stanley Kubrick, Howard Hawks and Billy Wilder, to name a few. Soderbergh does in fact wander through a lot of different movies (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven, Solaris, Che), but the problem is his results are always bland.
His latest offering Haywire sees his attentions turn to a spy thriller. MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Gina Carano stars as a CIA agent racing against the clock to save her father while simultaneously solving an international conspiracy. It's a movie we've seen countless times.
Dir. Steven Soderbergh, USA, 2011. Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender. 93 mins.