This Week

by December Lambeth on October 30, 2006

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So what’s out there this week?  Well today we’ll take a look at the films scheduled to be released which include family style main stream films accompanied by a few kick butt limited release. This week’s films include Flushed Away, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, En Soap and Umrao Jaan.

C’mon in and let us get you ready for the week!

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Here’s what’s scheduled to hit theaters this week.  Want to know more?  Just click on the title for film info including a full cast list.  Want a closer look?  Just click on the poster to watch the trailer.

Opening Friday:

Flushed Away

Do you think that DreamWorks Animation my actually “Flush Away” this year’s Oscar chances with their new state-of-the-art computer animated comedy? From the folks that brought us Shrek and Wallace & Gromit: The Cures of the Were-Rabbit, it’s Flushed Away a story about a royalty pampered pet mouse, Roddy St. James (Hugh Jackman), who finds himself flushed down the toilet and out to survive in the sewers of London. Underground, Roddy finds a new life, rather a new way of life; he meets up with Rita (Kate Winslet), a girl with a mission who knows her way around the back alleys of the sewer. Roddy stumbles over a bit of danger with a nasty old Toad (Sir Ian McKellen), who hates all rodents and sends Le Frog (Jean Reno) to wack Roddy and Rita both. Does Roddy and Rita escape, will they fall in love and have hundreds of baby rodents, you will have to go and see for yourself. Flushed Away promises some serious toilet humor, wicked awesome animation, brilliant and colorful characters and top-notch voice talents. I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m going to say that Flushed Away could be the Oscar’s animation contender of the year; then again, there is very little competition for that spot. Rated PG for crude humor and some language and opening wide this Friday November 3rd, all ages should get a few laughs out of various levels of humor; go ahead take the family. I forecast a rating of 3.5 razors for Flushed Away.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

No, not another, listen The Santa Clause 1 was cute and funny, but 2 sucked on every level, 3 has got to be either really bad or really really bad. Now that I’ve said that, I’ll go see it, just because it’s tradition, I’ve experienced every level to the Clause films and have to see it through. Tim’s got to be running out of steam and Martin Short has to be completely desperate for a part in a film, think about it, how long has it been since we have seen either one of them in a movie? In round 3 Scott Calvin/Santa Clause (Tim Allen) and wife Carol/Mrs. Clause (Elizabeth Mitchell) invite up the whole family for the holidays, including the in-laws. Santa, on top of dealing with the in-laws and a new baby on the way, must keep Jack Frost (Martin Short) under control. Jack Frost spends his time trying to figure out how to take over Santa’s kingdom and holiday. With the help of the family and elves Santa beats Jack Frost at his little scheme and keeps him in his place. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause should be humorous and innocent for the whole family; the past Clause films have proven to be good wholesome family holiday entertainment. I forecast a rating of razor bombs for The Santa Clause 3.

Opening Friday, in Limited Release:

En Soap

Charlotte (Trine Dryholm) leaves her abusive boyfriend and moves out on her own, becoming an upstairs neighbor to a transsexual. Veronica (David Dencik) is the transsexual who lives down stairs from a 32-year-old Charlotte, Veronica sells herself to raise money for her operation and is pretty much a loner who stays in her apartment all day hooked on an American soap opera. The two have a chance meeting after an assault and become close friends in their own little soap opera. It’s hard to find much on En Soap, except it’s a Danish film, not Hollywood at all, the two lead characters are rich and well portrayed by the talent and the film has a bit of humor with a twist of drama. I must admit, that I am quite curious about En Soap, but bet it will be a hard one to find for viewing purposes. This is a very hard forecast, but from what I can tell I’m going with 3.5 razors for En Soap.

Umrao Jaan

Umrao Jaan is a Bollywood style film based on 1982 classic, with the same name, and an adaptation of the Urdu novel “Umrao Jan Ada” by Mirza Haadi Ruswa from 1905.  O.P. Dutta, both the director and screenplay writer, has a great deal to live up to in this historic tale of love and strength about an intelligent and poetic courtesan. A little girl found her father imprisoned and she herself sold to Khannum Sahib (Shabana Azmi), owner of a ‘kotha’ in Lucknow. (kotha was a place of cultural activities such as dancing, literature, music and poetry) The little girl was given her name, Umrao (Aishwarya Rai), and was raised within the confines of the ‘kotha’, brought up with an education and in style.  As she became a young lady her writing abilities flourished along with her great beauty, every man wanted to watch her sing and dance. Every man wanted her, but only the elite were allowed to be in her company. Her true love, a young man who is seen as an outlaw, Faiz Ali (Suneil Shetty), is the only man for her, but she must deceive all she knows to be with him. Umrao Jaan is a true Bollywood romance, it’s beautifully shot and lavishly costumed with a raw mix of very talented actors that work together with every respect to the story. I forecast 4.5 razors for Umrao Jaan.

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