September 16, 2011, Movie Openings

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Drive, (R))  Ryan Gosling oozes ‘80’s cool as the unnamed hero in this neo-noir vision of contemporary Los Angeles, a dreamy, seamy film punctuated by extreme violence.  Ryan Gosling is a stunt driver by day, a getaway driver by night, and his rigid code of honor gets him involved with a scheme to help his beautiful neighbor down the hall (Carey Mulligan). Albert Books is great as on the the bad guys. Three Star Rating.

I Don’t Know How She Does It, (PG-13).  Sarah Jessica Parker discovers that parents are perpetually overworked and over committed; she’s a frazzled investment banker trying to keep her job while keeping her tow young children and working husband (Greg Kinnear) content.  Two Star Rating. 

The Lion King 3D, (G),  The 1994 Disney animated classic, re-released in 3-D, which doesn’t add much.  It’s still a great film of course.  Three and half Star Rating. 

Straw Dogs, R, An artful, provocative remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial 1971 classic.  Writer-director Rod Lurie has kept the; plot intact, but his tone is unabashedly humanist and his main characters are likeable.  James Marsden and Kate Bosworth star as the Hollywood types who find danger in a small Mississippi Town.

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