Movies this week

 

This week: blue aliens in crazy space war, behind-the-scenes in one of the world's greatest ballet companies, grizzly bears chomping on Hugh Grant (if only!) and more.

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By Brett O'Bourke

At the Cineplex

Avatar - By now you've been bombarded with enough Avatar-related marketing of James Cameron's big-budget sci-fi epic that we don't need a synopsis here. The film's star Segourney Weaver said in this month's Esquire that the film's impact will be as significant as when film went from black and white to color. Um, I have my doubts.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13) -- Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant star as a sophisticated married couple on the rocks who witness a mob hit and get put in witness relocation in Podunk, Wyoming. Um, hilarity ensues. See trailer above.

At Miami Beach Cinematheque

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday - Pipe-smoking Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati's endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati's wildly funny satire of vacationers determined to enjoy themselves includes a series of precisely choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers.

La Danse - Hailed as one of the best films about dance ever made, legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, Hospital, High School, etc.) follows the Paris Opera Ballet, one of the world's great ballet companies, chronicling the work involved in administering the company and the coordinated and collaborative work of choreographers, ballet masters, dancers, musicians, and costume, set, and lighting designers.

The Fan - The directorial debut of the writer of The Wrestler. Paul Aufiero, (Patton Oswalt) a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described “world's biggest New York Giants fan" whose world comes crashing down around after a chance encounter with his favorite player him results in his family, the team, the media and the authorities engaging in a tug of war over Paul, testing his allegiances and calling into question everything he believes in.

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