To give you a bit of a taste, the soon-to-be-gone films include La Femme Nikita, Lethal Weapon 2, many of the original Star Trek films, Air Force One, Catch-22, and The Warriors. We'll have to make up the difference with The Verdict, Daybreakers, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Happy Gilmore, Please Give, and The Square. There's plenty more where that came from, however, so let's take a look at a more diverse sampling.
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| 1. The Verdict |
Feb 28: One of my favorite Paul Newman roles, with a cracking screenplay from a relatively new talent, David Mamet.
| 2. Emma |
Feb 18: Jane Austen? Charlotte Bronte? Emily Bronte? Hell, I was an English major, and I can't even keep all these novel adaptations apart.
| 3. Daybreakers |
Feb 25: Vampires take over the Earth, and inspire tepidly-received major motion pictures!
| 4. Fish Tank |
Feb 22: Another British film for the Michael Fassbender fans among you; he plays the boyfriend of a young single mother who apparently takes a liking to her daughter as well.
| 5. The Spy Next Door |
Feb 19: Oh, Jackie Chan. No one will think poorly of you if you happen to retire. You're already in that awkward "Joe Montana playing for the Chiefs" stage. You're a Hall of Famer, dude; you don't have anything left to prove. Go coach somewhere.
| 6. The Last Station |
Feb 20: Tolstoy's my favorite novelist, but even though the cast here seems to be great (Helen Mirrin, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, et al), I don't necessarily think a historical drama about his life would be all that interesting. I'd be happy to be proven wrong, though.
| 7. Me and Orson Welles |
Feb 17: That Zac Efron is pretty dreamy, and I had no clue this was a Richard Linklater film. So maybe I'll check it out?
| 8. Standing Ovation |
Feb 20: The tween High School Musical is finally, finally viewable in my own home, without having to risk being profiled by the guy at the video shop.
| 9. Kings of Pastry |
Feb 22: A documentary about an apparently high-stakes French pastry competition, featuring what looks to be an inordinate amount of shattered sugar glass and weeping men.
| 10. Down Terrace |
Feb 17: A crime comedy that looked pretty understated, is all I got from the trailer.
| 11. Happy Gilmore |
Feb 23: Ah, back in happier days, when Adam Sandler could make shit jokes and they were still mildly amusing.
| 12. Mesrine: Killer Instinct |
Feb 22: It's been a good couple of years for French films, and this seems to be one of the best, if the critical reception is to be believed.
| 13. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer |
Feb 24: I bet Spitzer just dies a little bit inside every time someone watches this movie. How'd he wind up on CNN, anyway? Is that like the male version of doing a sex tape and getting your own Bravo reality show?
| 14. Hellboy |
Feb 26: Fond affection for one of Del Toro's more commercial, but fun films.
| 15. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel |
Feb 20: I'd like to see Hefner as an actual rebel, as in wearing a beret and smoking a cigar and fighting against the capitalist scum while trying to manage his relationship with a set of triplets.
| 16. Until the Light Takes Us |
Feb 20: Norwegian black metal documentary. That's probably all a few of you need to hear to be queueing this up already. Alex liked this a bunch.
| 17. Strange Days |
Feb 25: It's odd, but even though I love some dystopian sci-fi, I've never been an amazingly huge fan of Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days. I know many who swear by it, though, so check it out.
| 18. Please Give |
Feb 28: I watched a bit of this on Blu-Ray and it struck me as New York Indie Movie #284.
| 19. The Square |
Feb 24: Well-written, tautly directed, fine acting, but this thriller still struck me as a bit too by-the-numbers. Still, definitely worth a watch.
And in the Expiring Soon category for March 1st:
- All of the Star Trek films, it would appear, except perhaps for the newest one.
- Rain Man
- La Femme Nikita
- On The Waterfront
- His Girl Friday
- The Kite Runner
- Lethal Weapon 2
- The Elephant Man
- Pierrot Le Fou
- Air Force One
- Five Easy Pieces
- Rosemary's Baby
- The Saint
- Over The Top
- Spice World
- Battlefield Earth
- The Negotiator
- Top Gun
- The Warriors
- SLC Punk!
- Universal Soldier
And a few films that will be expiring a bit earlier than that: