FILM CLIPS: ID4 Weekend
Larry Crowne goes to Monte Carlo by the Dark of the Moon.
- Courtesy of Universal Pictures
- WANNA RACE? Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in 'Larry Crowne'
LARRY CROWNE (PG-13) Tom Hanks plays the title character, a downsized worker at a Wal-Mart-style big box store who enrolls in the local community college to get his degree and encounters a cynical English professor (Julia Roberts). For his second film as a director since his charming That Thing You Do!, Hanks co-wrote the script with My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Nia Vardalos.
MONTE CARLO (PG) Three young friends (Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy) go on a whirlwind vacation to Monte Carlo when one is mistaken for a British heiress.
PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES 3 STARS (R ) This documentary presents a tumultuous being in the journalism business from the point of view of the reporters and editors on the Times’ Media desk, who cover some of the very stories they live through. Former crack addict turned columnist David Carr makes an engagingly curmudgeonly supporting player and Old Media’s staunchest defender in the face of on-line start-ups eager to write the Times’ obituary. The film covers the rise of WikiLeaks and the iPad as well as the agony of layoffs, and the scattershot approach emulates the perspective of reporters, who file a story and then move onto the next. — Holman
TROLL HUNTER 3 stars (NR) In Norway, three film students apparently majoring in Blair Witch studies trail an alleged bear poacher (Otto Jesperson) to the Scandinavian wilderness, only to discover that he hunts bigger, deadlier game than they ever imagined. The horror film doesn’t break much new ground and the monster effects look pretty phoney, but Troll Hunter builds an atmosphere of menace, showcases Jesperson’s gruff, Ron Pearlman-esque charisma and builds a monstrous mythology around creatures that, thankfully, are not vampires, werewolves or zombies. — Holman
HEARTBEATS (NR) In this Canadian film, two friends (Monia Chokri and Niels Schneider) develop feelings for the same man (writer/director Xavier Dolan). July 5-17. Cinefest Film Theatre, Georgia State University, 66 Courtland St., Suite 240. 404-413-1798. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (NR) Cinefest presents the Atlanta premiere of the acclaimed Thai film of a elderly man with a terminal illness who experiences visions of his dead wife, his reincarnated son and other strange experiences. June 20-July 3. Cinefest Film Theatre, Georgia State University, 66 Courtland St., Suite 240. 404-413-1798. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.