December 13, 2006
New To Theaters
Blood Diamond (R). The director Edward Zwick (I Am Sam, The Last Samurai) delivers an overly long but well-acted film that is sometimes dazzling, sometimes brutal and often thought-provoking. Leonardo DiCaprio gamely carries on with a South African accent — or is it Australian? Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly also star.
Dreamgirls (Pg-13). One of the most anticipated films of the year, this high energy musical had an oddly detached feel, perhaps because the director Bill Condon is more comfortable with dramas like Gods & Monsters and Kinsey. Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy star along with Beyoncé, who definitely looks at ease on the silver screen.
The Holiday (Pg-13). Two women (Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz) living a half-world apart decide to take needed breaks from their significant others and embark on a Christmastime holiday. There they meet the characters played by Jack Black and Jude Law. This is about as close as Black has ever gotten to a dramatic turn, and it's a reach to imagine either of these gorgeous babes falling for a dork like him.
The Good German (R). An ambitious effort from Steven Soderbergh, this post WW II nail-biter, set in war-torn Berlin, stars George Clooney as a U.S. Army war correspondent who gets caught in the web of a former lover played by Cate Blanchett. Also starring Tobey Maguire and Beau Bridges.