Friday’s Flicks

A violence-consumed Mel Gibson period epic (again, Mel?), a curiously cast romantic comedy (Jack Black and Kate Winslet?), a politically relevant action thriller (powered by yet another strong, accented Leo DiCaprio performance), a kid-centric comedy and a surprisingly entertaining music documentary populate this week’s crop of releases.

Opening films (click on grade to read review):

Apocalypto: D+

Blood Diamond: B

The Holiday: B

Shut Up & Sing: B

Unaccompanied Minors: C+

Flick of the Week: Shut Up & Sing

Though Ed Zwick and his earnest Blood Diamond might have an argument, I’m going with a trio of talented Texans this week.

Barbara Kopple and Cecila Peck’s documentary on the post-Bush-bash Dixie Chicks is an entertaining and often insightful look at modern Pop stardom. And though it lacks the political bite its ad campaign might suggest, Shut Up & Sing does, as I state in my review above, effectively capture the intellectually lazy, reactionary aspect of the current cultural climate and how that influences corporate-driven entertainment.

Ultimately, the film pimps this ever-vital message: Go your own way.

— Jason Gargano

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One Comment on “Friday’s Flicks”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Can’t wait to see the Dixie Chicks movie. By the way, it’s Natalie “Maines.”


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