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Weekend Movie Guide 03/04: I Saw The Devil & It Looked Like Rango
Johnny Depp's built his career on characters as varied as they are unusual. In his latest film, the animated Western Rango, he's literally a chameleon actor. More transformation abounds in Beastly, a teen twist on Beauty & The Beast with heartthrobs Neil Patrick Harris, Alex "Number Four" Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen & Vanessa Hudgens.
But enough of high school! Topher Grace finally graduates from that '70s show to that '80s movie with Take Me Home Tonight, a screwball period comedy with Anna Faris, Dan Fogler (Fanboys, Balls of Fury) & Teresa Palmer (the second I Am Number Four alum this week) along for its stolen-Porsche ride.
Last year, Korean director Jee-woon Kim turned another Western upside down with The Good, The Bad & The Weird. Now he does the same for the revenge thriller with I Saw The Devil, in limited release at the Nuart. Kim reteams with leading man Byung-hun Lee, taking him far beyond "The Bad" as he puts Min-sik Choi through the worst torture he's seen since 2003's Oldboy. Less torture, more whimsy! The Strange Case of Angelica is a Portuguese fable that frames a photographer following the woman of his dreams - the ghost of a recently deceased young woman. Crossing over into the realm of living girls is Dear Lemon Lima, a quirky indie comedy about a band of misfits & outsiders who storm a native Alaskan athletics competition. It's The Bad News Bears meets Youth In Revolt with a sweet Thin Mint twist. The film won the hearts of audiences when it appeared at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, and stars Oscar winner Melissa Leo!
To see something even further off the beaten path, check out our weekly Film Calendar of specialty theatres, revival houses and midnight movies. See you at the movies!
- The Adjustment Bureau (Showtimes)
- Beastly (Showtimes)
- Rango (Showtimes)
- Take Me Home Tonight (Showtimes)
- Dear Lemon Lima (Culver Plaza Theatres)
- Devolved (w/ cast & crew at each evening's 7:30pm show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
- Happythankyoumoreplease (The Landmark)
- Heartbeats (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
- His Way (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
- I Saw the Devil (Nuart Theatre)
- The Red Chapel (Downtown Independent)
- Spooner (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
- The Strange Case of Angelica (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
I Saw The Devil
The Strange Case of Angelica
Dear Lemon Lima
Take Me Home Tonight
That's all for this week. Upon learning The Adjustment Bureau wasn't really about The Observers from Fringe, I lost interest. C'est la vie.