The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo—(This one is listed under Special Screenings because we learned after we had gone to press that it's original opening date of Friday, April 30, had been moved up to today. Huzzah!)
Huzzahs were heard around the world when word came out that Swedish writer Stieg Larsson's 2008 bestseller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo had been re-imagined for the big screen. A trilogy of thrillers which includes The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (the original title of which was Men Who Hate Women; misogyny plays a large role in the story) The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest were published posthumously (Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004) and struck a chord with readers across the world. The books' popularity has been due in large part to Larsson's ability to weave together crime novels using the threads of incredible characters, most notably, determined journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, a young, troubled, tattooed woman who is an utter genius with computers and completely inept with people. The film is in Swedish with English subtitles.
Date Night—Steve Carrell and Tina Fey star as the Fosters, a bored married couple, who pretend to be "The Tripplehorns" to snag their reservation at an exclusive restaurant. They quikcly discover the Tripplehorns (James Franco and Mila Kunis) are a pair of thieves who some seriously bad guys want to find. The Fosters turn to hunky Holbrooke Grant (Mark Wahlberg) a security expert to help them out of their jam and out of the clutches of a mobster (Ray Liotta) and a couple of corrupt cops (Jimmi Simpson, Common). (PG-13)
La Mission—In this tale of redemption, Benjamin Bratt stars as Che Rivera, a man for whom tradition is everything. After his wife's death, Che has worked hard to leave his alcoholic, criminal past behind and raise his son Jesse (Jeremy Ray Valdez) alone in San Francisco's tough Mission District. When he learns that Jesse is gay, Che is forced to reexamine what it means to be a man and to question the culture that defines him. (R)
Letters to God—Religious propaganda meets sappy drama when a child sick with cancer writes letters to God, and the poor schlub of a mailman unable to deliver them, decides to get personally involved, which ultimately renews his faith. Think Miracle on 34th Street, except heavy-handed and creepy. (PG)
The Runaways—Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as Joan Jett and Cherie Curie, the founding members of all-girl rock pioneers, The Runaways. If you like rock biopics and overly made up jailbait tarts in short shorts, this film's for you. (R)
The Square—Australian thriller about a couple having an affair, who plot a murder to cash in on a spouse accounts, only to have things spiral wildly out of control. (R)