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Weekend Movie Watch
After the first week trying of trying to get back into the tempo of a busy life, this Saturday should be a real relief. Rest this lag with a couple of good, entertaining movies. We've taken the trouble of recommending you these two; you take the trouble of pushing the remote!
Cast: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman, Angelina Jolie
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter: Neil Gaiman, Roger Avary
Producer: Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke
Executive Producer: Martin Shafer, Roger Avary, Neil Gaiman
Composer: Alan Silvestri
Director Robert Zemeckis ('The Polar Express') and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman (the 'Sandman' series) team up for this highly anticipated, performance-capture adaptation of the Old English epic poem. When the young warrior Beowulf (Ray Winstone) travels to a neighboring kingdom and slays the monster Grendel (Crispin Glover), he is hailed as a hero. But before long, Beowulf must face an even deadlier foe: Grendel's mother (Angelina Jolie), who seeks vengeance for the loss of her son. The film also stars Anthony Hopkins as King Hrothgar, Robin Wright Penn as Queen Wealtheow and John Malkovich as Unferth
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Cast: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney, Emily Blunt, Dianne Wiest, Alison Pill
Director: Peter Hedges
Screenwriter: Pierce Gardner, Peter Hedges
Producer: Jon Shestack, Brad Epstein
Executive Producer: Noah Rosen, Darlene Caamano Loquet, Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda
Director of Photography: Lawrence Sher
Composer: Sondre Lerche
Advice columnist Dan Burns (Carell) has his hands full with three daughters that he’s not willing to let grow up. The girls still grieve for their mother who died four years ago, and Dan hasn’t made any attempts to date. So he’s pleasantly surprised when he meets Marie (Juliette Binoche) at a bookstore when he goes to his parents’ Rhode Island home for the annual family reunion. But his joy is short-lived when he discovers that she is dating his brother (Dane Cook), forcing Dan to hide his feelings and chemistry with Marie.
Carell adeptly balances his role’s humor and heartache, while Binoche is radiant as ever. Comedian Cook shows surprising talent as the third leg of their love triangle. Through his duties as director and co-screenwriter, Peter Hedges deserves much of the credit for creating a film that is sweet without being sappy. What could have been a standard romantic comedy of errors turns into a strong film that goes deeper than many of its peers in the genre.

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