Michael Fassbender is in theaters again, this time with Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire." He may have a smaller part in this film compared to "Shame," "Jane Eyre," "A Dangerous Method" or "X-Men," but the best scene in the movie is still his. If Fassbender isn't your cup of tea (who are you?!) than you can check out Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" in New York or Los Angeles. As Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" broadens its release, it has no hope this awards season, but the film may save some face if Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock can pull in audiences. Vampire sequel "Underworld Awakening" and George Lucas's war picture "Red Tails" round out this weekend's offerings. Details, reviews and trailers below:
"We Need To Talk About Kevin" Oscilloscope, UK/US | Director: Lynne Ramsay; Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller | 82% Tomatometer | TOH! Interviews Ramsay & Swinton | Kenneth Turan: "It's a domestic horror story that literally gets to us where we live, a disturbing tale told with uncompromising emotionality and great skill by filmmaker Lynne Ramsay." | A.O. Scott: "Ms. Ramsay, with ruthless ingenuity, creates a deeper dread and a more acute feeling of anticipation by allowing us to think we know what is coming and then shocking us with the extent of our ignorance."
"Haywire" Relativity, US/IRELAND | Dir: Steven Soderbergh; Cast: Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Angarano | 81% Tomatometer | Peter Travers: "Haywire comes close to achieving Soderbergh's goal of creating 'a Pam Grier movie made by Alfred Hitchcock.'" | TOH! Talks to Fassbender | AFI Premiere Review | More TOH! Reviews | Is It A Game Changer?
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" Warner Bros.. US | Dir: Stephen Daldry; Cast: Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright | 50% Tomatometer | Mary F. Pols: "Horn breaks through the movie's manipulative scrim simply through the sheer force of his emotions." | TOH! Interviews Max von Sydow.
"Red Tails" 20th C. Fox, US | Dir: Anthony Hemingway; Cast: Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds, Elijah Kelley, Leslie Odom Jr. | 33% Tomatometer | Peter Debruge: "Apart from the occasional thrill provided by CG-enhanced aerial dogfights, this stuffy history lesson about the groundbreaking African-American fighter pilot division never quite takes off, weighed down by wooden characters and leaden screenwriting."
"Underworld: Awakening" Screen Gems, US | Dir: Måns Mårlind; Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley, Sandrine Holt | Tomatometer TBC.