Weekend Pic Feb 2 -- 5
A Weekly Guide for Your Weekend Viewing:
1. BABEL (drama with Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Rinko Kikuchi) Rating: * * * 1/2 (3.5 out of 4): Like the Oscar-winning "Crash", here's another social commentary on Man's inability to communicate despite technological advances like mobile phones and the Internet. There are four 'stories' here, each connected to a single careless incident in Morocco.
2. STRANGER THAN FICTION (romantic comedy with Will Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dustin Hoffman) Rated * * * (3 stars): Classy, controlled acting by Farrell and Gyllenhaal make this fantasy comedy a delight to watch. Plus we get some gems by Hoffman and Emma Thompson.
3. THE HOLIDAY (romantic comedy with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black) Rated * * * (3 stars): This plot, about two 'losers-in-love' exchanging homes across the Atlantic for the Christmas holidays, has some great moments. But director Nancy Meyers drags it to the edge of boredom.
4. EPIC MOVIE (comedy spoof with Adam Campbell, Jayma Mays, Faune Chambers and Kal Penn) Rated: * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): Using the 2005 "Chronicles Of Narnia" format, this spoofs on the franchise blockbusters has a few hits but mostly misses. Great for nostalgia value.
5. IBERIA (documentary on Spanish dance) Rated: * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): Don't expect something like "Strictly Ballroom" here but a series of great foot-tapping music and dances. You will be crying out for subtitles and footnotes, though.