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April 15, 2009 > Movie Review: New Releases

Movie Review: New Releases

By Mona Shah

Earth
In Theaters April 22
Rated: G
Narrator: James Earl Jones

The first film in the Disneynature series, "Earth," narrated by James Earl Jones, tells the remarkable story of three animal families and their amazing journeys across the planet we all call home. "Earth" combines rare action, unimaginable scale and impossible locations by capturing the most intimate moments of our planet's wildest and most elusive creatures. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the acclaimed creative team behind the Emmy Award-winning "Planet Earth," combine forces again to bring this epic adventure to the big screen, beginning Earth Day.



Fighting
In Theaters April 24
Rated: PG-13

Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for street fighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.

As Shawn's manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he's found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.



Is Anybody There?
In Theaters April 24
Rated: PG-13

Sir Michael Caine gives one of the finest performances of his career as a retired magician who reluctantly enters a family-run old age home in John Crowley's "Is Anybody There?" Set in a seaside English town circa 1987, the movie charts the unlikely friendship that develops between Caine's proud, acerbic old performer and the death-obsessed young son of the home's overwhelmed owners (played by Son of Rambow's Bill Milner). Written by Peter Harness, who draws from his own experience growing up in a retirement home, "Is Anybody There?" brings a rich humor as well as a rigorous honesty to its portrait of different lives colliding under one roof. With a supporting cast that includes Anne-Marie Duff (The Magdalene Sisters), David Morrissey ("The Deal") Rosemary Harris (the Spiderman trilogy) and Leslie Phillips (Venus), "Is Anybody There?" tells a charming story about growing up and growing old, and the unpredictable adventures that happen along the way.



The Informers
In Theaters April 24
Rated: R

In such works as "Less Than Zero" and "American Psycho" Bret Easton Ellis brilliantly dissects contemporary American society, a culture in which too much is never enough. Now, adapting his own acclaimed novel for the screen, he returns to the Los Angeles of the early 1980's with a multi-strand narrative that deftly balances a vast array of characters who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman, an amoral ex-con). Connecting all his intertwining strands are the quintessential Ellis protagonists - a group of beautiful, young men and women who sleep all day and party all night, doing drugs - and one another - with abandon, never realizing that they are dancing on the edge of a volcano. Filmed with uncommon glamour and grit by acclaimed Australian director Gregor Jordan ("Ned Kelly," "Buffalo Soldiers"), "The Informers" is an alternately blistering and chilling portrait of hedonism run amuck.

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