What movie should we see this weekend? 11/13

by Joey Paur

Well, you have got a few movies to choose from this week but One stands out above all the rest. James Bond Quantum of Solace is my number 1 pick and it is safe to assume it is yours as well, but lets take a look at what else is out there.


Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric

Quantum of Solace continues the high octane adventures of James Bond (Daniel Craig) in 'Casino Royale.'

Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M (Judi Dench) interrogate Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) who reveals the organisation which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.

Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organisation.

On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world's most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio). Using his associates in the organisation, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.

In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene's sinister plan and stop his organisation.



Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal

"Slumdog Millionaire" is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions.

Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show?

When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out...

This movie looks pretty good but it is a rental. I have heard that people love it, but to me it still looks like a HBO original movie. Which isn't a bad thing because those HBO flicks are really good.



Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric

Abel and Junon had two children, Joseph and Elizabeth. Victim of a rare genetic condition, Joseph's only hope was a bone marrow transplant. As they and Elizabeth were incompatible, his parents conceived a third child in the hope of saving their son. But little Henri too was unable to help his brother, and Joseph died at the age of seven. The Vuillard family has never recovered. Many years have passed, and family relationships are more strained than ever. In particular, those between Elizabeth, authoritarian head of the family and Henri, a cynical drop out who divides his time between women and drink. After a violent argument, Elizabeth banishes her feckless brother, cutting him off from his nephew, her son Paul - a tortured adolescent beset by serious mental problems. Masterfully directed and acted, by turns savage, bittersweet, darkly comic and unbearably moving, A A Christmas Tale shows internationally acclaimed Desplechin at the height of his powers.

Too early for a Christmas movie.



Cast: Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Redgrave, Joss Ackland

Based on a short story by Maeve Binchy. Ellie (Hayley Atwell), a free-spirited and headstrong young woman, is left in charge of a residential home, owned and operated by her older sister Kate (Orla Brady), over the Christmas holidays. Her youth and inexperience bring her into bitter conflict with the four grumpy old residents known as the “Hard Core”: retired screen beauty Georgia (Vanessa Redgrave), spinster sisters Hazel (Imelda Staunton) and Heather (Brenda Fricker), and a reformed alcoholic judge, Donald (Joss Ackland). The film deals with the hilarious antics of these uncivilized seniors, the gradual solidarity that develops between the residents and Ellie, and an unlikely romance.

How about no.


THE DUKES - Limited

Cast: Robert Davi, Chazz Palminteri, Peter Bogdanovich

Underneath the laughter, The Dukes is a film that explores the intricacies of re-defining yourself, dealing with lost fame, and holding onto your true self in changing times.

Its collective message of embracing your talents applies to anyone who's ever found himself at the bottom of the mountain looking up at where they once were.

The film follows a Doo Wop group and their friends as they try to get bu without doing what they once did.

On the late 1960's, The Dukes, Danny and George (Robert Davi and Chazz Palminteri) were on top of the world...a couple of hit records, and all the champagne they could drink. Life was a dream.

Now, in 2007, when no one knows their name, they are estranged from the other group members and can barely pay the bills. Their loyal manager, Lou (Peter Bogdsnovich), repeatedly struggles to find them gigs but The Dukes never seem to catch a break.

This movie looks interesting. I'll rent it.


As you can see there is not a lot of competition out there. Everything else that is coming out is going to be limited release. Quantum of Solace is being released on a weekend where nothing else is coming out. It will make over 60 Million at the box office this weekend.

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