New films this week:
— “Bangkok Dangerous ” (rated R), a thriller starring Nicolas Cage as an endangered assassin.
— “Everybody Wants to Be Italian” (rated R), a romantic comedy of errors with some local ties.
— “Frozen River” (rated R), a dramatic thriller about a mother who becomes a “people smuggler.”
— “Kicking It” (not rated), a documentary feature about the 2006 Homeless World Cup soccer competition.
“Bangkok Dangerous,” a remake of a 1999 Thai hit, was not pre-screened in time for local critics. The early word of mouth for the film is not encouraging.
And “Italian,” which comes from former Salt Lake resident Jason Todd Ipson, is a painful collection of ethnic stereotypes and sometimes-vulgar sexual references. It also has one of the most unlikable male leads in a film ever.
Good performances, especially that given by television veteran Melissa Leo, helps steer “Frozen River” around a few nagging plot holes.
The week’s best film is “Kicking It,” which was a hit at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (as was “Frozen River”). The documentary is pretty engrossing, and each of the six people profiled could have been the film’s sole focus.
Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend plans?