By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com March 12 2010 7:20 PM ET
Green Zone — After slipping into a pair of Oscar-worthy roles in 2009 (in The Informant! and his nominated turn in Invictus), Matt Damon returns to the comfortable safety of the action genre in Green Zone, which reteams him with his Bourne director Paul Greengrass. Green Zone is decidedly more political than the Bourne films — Damon plays an operative given faulty information on his search for weapons of mass destruction and goes rogue — but it’s sure to pack the theaters with the actor’s rabid fan base.
Remember Me — Anyone itching to see Robert Pattinson step outside the comfort zone of Twilight and spread his wings might be disappointed by the fact that he plays yet another brooding, misunderstood outcast here. Still, he gets to do it opposite pros including Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin, and Chris Cooper, and with Lost star Emilie de Ravin as his costar, those Kristen Stewart haters can breathe a sigh of relief.
Our Family Wedding —Think Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner meets Mi Familia. Though the timing is seemingly perfect to weave a gay wedding into the mix, Ugly Betty fans will have to settle for America Ferrera marrying into a traditional black family ... and all the antics that ensue. Reviews for this flick are mixed, but with Regina King costarring, expect some solid laughs.
Under Great White Northern Lights by The White Stripes — A new DVD and live album on the great MIA band's 2007 Canadian tour. See Jack and Meg put on a show in a bowling alley, get musical on a fishing boat, and bemuse and inspire each other.
It's a slow week for new releases, but the concert world never takes a day off. Alicia Keys will be at Connecticut's MGM Grand Foxwoods Casino on Saturday and Sunday night and at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, St. Patrick's Day (just imagine hearing "Empire State of Mind" there!) Michael Bublé is touring the South currently, with performances in Tampa on Saturday and Atlanta on Sunday, before he heads to Pittsburgh for St. Patty's Day.
The African Queen — Gay icon Katharine Hepburn had one of her most celebrated roles as uptight missionary Rose Sayer and was memorably paired with Oscar-winner Humphrey Bogart as a crusty riverboat captain in this adventure set in war-torn East Africa. John Huston directed this colorful 1951 classic, which makes its debut on DVD and Blu-ray.
Big Screen Bombshells: 12 Movie Collection — The camp value is off the charts as a dozen lurid titles like 1976’s Hustler Squad (prostitutes turned Army recruits go on a dangerous military mission) and 1973’s Superchick (about a crime-fighting flight attendant) are compiled for this boxed set. Of particular interest are 1980’s Galaxina (Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten stars as a robot pilot) and 1968’s Single Room Furnished (Jayne Mansfield goes from innocent teenager to disillusioned hooker). Stratten died shortly after her film was released, and the Mansfield title was released posthumously.
Broken Embraces — Any new Pedro Almodóvar film is an event, and that holds true with his most recent, a romantic noir with Hitchcockian undertones. The director’s muse, Penélope Cruz (stunning as ever), stars as a mysterious woman at the center of a complicated love triangle. While the plot defies easy description (Almodóvar even sends up his own Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at one point), the film demands repeat viewings.
Goodfellas (20th Anniversary Edition) — Considered by many critics to be one of Martin Scorsese's finest films, Goodfellas holds up well 20 years later, presented here with better than the original audio and video quality. Extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews with Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi, who cowrote the script, based on his book Wiseguy.