CAMM FILMMAKERS TO WATCH
Creative Alliance Movie Makers presents five shorts from emerging area filmmakers: Darryl Rigby-Wharton’s “Dream Jar,” Martina Evans’ “Three Weekends in June,” Stephen R. McClain’s “My Perfect Man,” Narottama Panitz “The Jones Report,” and Clifford Ackman’s “Running Out of Time.”
FIST OF LEGEND
Jet Li stars in this 1994 remake of Bruce Lee’s 1972
The Chinese Connection
, about the fictional Chinese cult hero Chen Zhen, who fights—and defeats—Japanese occupiers during the late 1930s. Fight scenes choreographed by master Yuen Woo-ping.
GOOD WILL HUNTING
For two guys in their 20s, actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-wrote an especially serious-minded movie in
Good Will Hunting
, the story of emotionally warped, violent, working-class mathematical genius Will Hunting (Damon) who starts to overcome the trauma of his abusive upbringing thanks to Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), a psychotherapist with a lot of problems of his own. When these two denizens of South Boston butt heads and Maguire wins the first encounter, you know that bonding and breakthrough will come inevitably. But to their credit, Damon and Affleck’s script doesn’t make it easy, which is one of the best things about the movie. (Jack Purdy)
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1
Warner Bros. has been adapting J.K. Rowling’s books for nearly a decade, and it spreads the final installment in the Harry Potter saga into two movie events, all the better to separate parents from their money.
Opens Nov. 19.
THE NEXT THREE DAYS
Paul Haggis (?!) directs this thriller in which Liam Neeson instructs Russell Crowe in the finer arts of prison escape and fugitive flight so that he can break his wife Elizabeth Banks out of jail. A remake of Fred Cavayé’s excellent
Opens Nov. 19
NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS
Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s 1982 movie looks at the end of Word War II through an almost fairy-tale lens. A fantastical blend of quasi-realism and poetry—and unavoidably engaging.
James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who in 2004 spent five days with his arm trapped beneath a boulder before amputating it himself to escape to safety. Directed by Danny Boyle.
Opens Nov. 19.