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Edge of Darkness

Posted 1/27/2010

EDGE OF DARKNESS Mel Gibson once again delivers the righteous revenge in director Martin Campbell's movie adaptation of the actually quite excellent BBC miniseries that he directed in 1985, in which a daughter's death pushes a policeman father to get totally unseemly on some asses. With a supporting cast of Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, and Gbenga Akinnagbe. Looks to be a fairly solid delivery system of unconscionable maleness. Opens Jan. 29.

FOOTLIGHT PARADE James Cagney and Joan Blondell--one of the great wisecracking 1930s blondes (see also: Jean Harlow, Jean Arthur, Thelma Todd, Mae West, and then see Jean Harlow again)--star in director Lloyd Bacon's 1933 musical about a Broadway musical director (Cagney) turning to staging introductory musical shorts performed in theaters prior to movies. With Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, and some of the most dazzling musical numbers of Busby Berkeley's career. At the Charles Theatre at noon Jan. 30, at 7 p.m . Feb. 1, and 9 p.m . Feb. 4.

WHEN IN ROME Director Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil, Ghost Rider) helms this croaker of a rom-com about a single New York gal (Kristen Bell) getting into all kinds of love-life shenanigans when she runs afoul of the "fountain of love" (no, really) in Rome. Ostensibly a loose remake of 1954's Three Coins in the Fountain. Opens Jan. 29.

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