Brooklyn's Finest

Three cops, each trying to get through the day. Richard Gere plays a veteran of the force just days from retirement, Don Cheadle has been working deep undercover for a long time and Ethan Hawke is a husband and father of seven desperate to provide for his family. I'm not sure I buy Gere as uniform cop at his age, and I kept expecting him to say "I'm too old for this sh*t!" Watch for this one on January 16.

Crazy on the Outside

Tim Allen plays a recently released convict who has spent three years in the big house, though his mother thinks he was in France, and now he needs to get his life back on track. The premise sounds pretty simple, but there are some laughs here and an interesting cast including Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta and Kelsey Grammer.
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After barely surviving a gunshot wound a man enlists the aid of some very unusual people to shut down the weapons manufacturers who made the bullet lodged in his head. I immediately noticed that the look of this one is similar to City of Lost Children, which is to be expected as they share a common director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet who also helmed Amelie. Looking forward to this one. No U.S. release date just yet.

District 13: Ultimatum
Sequel to a 2004 French action film. If the film is paced anything like the trailer fans will certainly get their money's worth as the karate kicks and explosions are plentiful. Presumably the lack of dialog is to hide the fact that the film will be dubbed or subtitled which is why I suspect this will go straight to DVD here in the States.

44 Inch Chest
In this British crime drama a jealous husband and his friends kidnap his wife's lover with the intention of killing him. Looks downright grim, which could be a good thing. No U.S. release date yet.

New this week on AOL Moviefone:

  • Crazy Heart: Jeff Bridges plays a bitter aging country musician and Maggie Gyllenhaal is the reporter trying to discover the man behind the legend.
  • Leap Year: Comedy about a woman travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, the one day when the ladies can do the asking.
  • Staten Island: A mobster, a septic tank cleaner and deaf mute deli owner/body disposal expert meet with life changing results for all.
  • Beastly: A cruel young man is cursed with ugliness in this modern version of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Bitch Slap: Three hellcats are on a mission to steal $200 million in diamonds in this homage to exploitation films of yesteryear.
  • My Name is Jerry: A fortyish door-to-door book salesman falls for a much young woman and as a result is drawn into the punk rock scene.
  • The Strip: A comedy starring Dave Foley about the goings on at a low end electronics store.
  • Across the Hall: A man suspects his wife of cheating and he stakes out the motel room across the hall from where she is meeting her lover, a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a gun in the other.
  • The Slammin Salmon - Comedy about a restaurant in which the wait staff compete for a $10,000 prize.