Weekend Movie Guide: Drinking human blood is cool!
For what seems like the 300th time this year, Hollywood is giving us a movie based on a graphic novel. That movie is 30 Days of Night and stars the lethally inexpressive Josh Hartnett as a small-town sheriff charged with the task of protecting Barrow, Alaska from a rampaging horde of hungry (or is thirsty?) vampires. All I can say is, "at least it's rated R". I'll probably sit this one out and wait for the similarly-themed I Am Legend.
Almost as evil as the murderous vampires in 30 Days of Night is the CIA in Rendition. Reese Witherspoon stars as the wife of an Egyptian who is suspected of being a terrorist and subsequently detained overseas for aggressive interrogation. Studio pictures usually attack issues like this with a club rather than the scalpel that's required. Critics have been harsh, mostly water-boarding the film in their reviews.
Things We Lost in the Fire stars American treasure Benicio Del Toro as a former drug addict who helps his best friend's widow, Halle Berry, cope with her husband's death. Reviews have been above average, with most critics singling out Del Toro for yet another fine performance. Death and grief also dominate Reservation Road but critical reaction has been considerably more astringent. The LAist review of it is here.