Thursday, May 6, 2010

What's Playing: May 7th

Opening this weekend...

Iron Man 2 (Paramount)

You know him, you love him, and this time he’s rocking out to the sounds of AC/DC. Robert Downey Jr. is back as everyone’s favorite billionaire inventor turned superhero, Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow also returns as Pepper Potts, while Don Cheadle steps into Terrence Howard’s role after some well-publicized bad blood. Filling in the role of resident baddie is Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash who’s out to destroy Iron Man. That is, if the US military doesn’t get to him first.

Spoiler alert: DJ AM, who passed away after an accidental drug overdose in September 2009, makes a cameo as himself.

Babies (Focus Features)

Just in time for Mother’s Day, a beautifully shot documentary following one year in the lives of four babies around the world; Ponijao (Opuwo, Namibia), Bayar (Bayanchandmani, Mongolia), Mari (Tokyo, Japan), and Hattie (San Francisco, California). It’s like Planet Earth, but with children.

Mother and Child (Sony Pictures Classics)

A drama about motherhood stacked with outstanding actors including Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Jimmy Smits and Samuel L. Jackson. Bening is a 50-year-old woman who gave her daughter up for adoption 35 years ago, Watts is the daughter she never knew, and Kerry Washington is a woman looking to adopt a child of her own.

Casino Jack and the United States of Money (Magnolia Pictures)

Academy award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) uncovers the corruption surrounding and perpetrated by Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist currently incarcerated for bribing members of Congress. Gibney’s gunning for Michael Moore’s thunder and this tale of mob hits, casinos and idiocracy proves he’s worthy.

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