Children of Men
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine
Running time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Summary: In this bleak sci-fi thriller from director Alfonso Cuaron (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) the world of the future is wracked by war, riots and.infertility? That’s right – in the future, humanity has lost the ability to have children. That is until an underground freedom fighter of sorts, played by Moore, locates a young woman who, somehow, has managed to get pregnant. Moore then contracts her ex-husband, played by Owen, to safely escort the pregnant woman away from the dangers of a hostile government and populace. If dystopian sci-fi epics are your thing, then you will probably enjoy this one, but don’t approach it lightly; nearly every review mentions the film’s strong violence and gritty intensity.
Starring: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton
Running time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Summary: Benjamin Franklin once said that the only certainties in life are death, taxes and a new slasher film every two months. Well, perhaps he didn’t say anything about that last one, but that doesn’t make it any less true. This one stars the capable character actor Sean Bean (Boromir in “The Fellowship of the Ring”) as a hitchhiker who gets off on killing those who are stupid enough to pick him up – in this film’s, case a couple played by Bush and Knighton. Slasher films are an acquired taste, so if you love ’em there’s no reason you shouldn’t see this one, but if they aren’t your thing then skip it and get your masochistic thrills elsewhere.
Starring: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey and Scott Glenn
Running time: 2 hr. 3 min.
Summary: Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank stars as high school English teacher Erin Gruwell in this inspired-by-a-true-story inspirational drama. Teaching in Long Beach, Calif., where gangs are prevalent and school is certainly not the No. 1 priority, Gruwell uses creative and ingenious ideas to inspire her students. Despite the film’s familiar formula, most reviewers have lauded it for its ability to inspire and for Swank’s strong performance. Recommended if you’re tired of all the dark, heavy dramas that are currently ubiquitous at cineplexes right now.
Staff writer Jeff Schwartz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed in this column reflect the views of the individual author and not necessarily those of the Collegian.