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This Week in Film: June 22, 2007


A Mighty Heart

BUZZ: Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) is one of the best "versatile" directors working today. His body of work -- which is, for the most part, consistently impressive -- spans so many genres and subjects, I always wait with baited interest to see what he'll do next.

A Mighty Heart is the Brit maverick's most buzzed about project to date, largely due to the highly topical subject matter and the involvement of mega star Angelina Jolie. Lifted straight from the headlines, the story of kidnapped (and eventually murdered) Wall Street Journalist Daniel Pearl in Karachi shortly after 9/11, gripped the world and kept us waiting in fear and dread for what would be the inevitable outcome. As we all know that story, A Mighty Heart centers around the pregnant wife of Daniel Pearl, played by Jolie, facing the horror head on in the foreboding search for her husband.

Word has it that Jolie's powerful but understated performance, heavy accent and all, is one of her best.

CONTEST GIVEAWAY: WIN TICKETS for the new Werner Herzog movie (see below)

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We are giving away tickets to a special screening of the new Werner Herzog film Rescue Dawn starring Christian Bale. The screening is on Thursday, June 28, 7PM at Cumberland. To enter: email us 'contests [at] blogto.com' and tell us the names of three other Werner Herzog movies.

Our very own Matt reviewed the film during last year's TIFF in his MoviesTO Podcast, click here to listen.

Also Opening This Week:

Killer of Sheep *My review forthcoming*
Evan Almighty *Advance word: horrendous*
Gracie
Eagle Vs. Shark
1408

(Photos: Paramount, MGM)


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