CLASH OF THE TITANS A rather cheesy sword-and-sandals fantasy flick gets the 3-D CGI makeover as Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Transporter 2) directs Sam Worthington's Perseus and Alexa Davalos' Andromeda in this update of the 1981 mythological adventure. And just as the Harry Hamlin vehicle boasted an eyebrow-raising number of marquee names in a Ray Harryhausen production--Laurence Olivier, Ursula Andress, and Maggie Smith--this Titans boasts an even bigger list of stars, up-and-comers, hardworking character performers, and where-have-they-beens, from Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes to Gemma Arterton and Mads Mikkelsen, from Polly Walker and Pete Postlethwaite to Elizabeth McGovern and Jane March. Opens April 2.
THE LAST SONG Did anybody else read that March 12 USA Today interview piece with best-selling author Nicholas Sparks--where the scribe behind such manipulative schmaltz as A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, and Dear John--talks about generating "authentic emotional power"? Did you also throw up in your mouth a little bit? This time, Sparks delivers a vehicle for Miley Cyrus, who stars as a young woman who reconnects with her father and falls in love over the summer. Opens March 31.
LET EACH ONE GO WHERE HE MAY Chicago filmmaker Ben Russell's 2009 documentary is a fascinating premise for ethnography. Russell follows two Saramaccan Maroon brothers as they travel ostensibly the same route that their runaway slave ancestors took some 300 years ago when fleeing from Dutch slave traders. Russell and his cinematographer Chris Fawcett accomplish this feat by following the two men in a series of 13 uninterrupted, roughly 10-minute takes, mostly shot on Steadicam. The result is an oddly hypnotic movie riddled with moments of disarming beauty, and some sequences remind you that, as with the work of Jean Rouch, cinema can be an essential tool that explores ideas that traditional ethnography cannot. At the Charles Theatre April 5 at 7 p.m.
TOKYO GODFATHERS Satoshi Kon and Shôgo Furuya's 2003 anime follows a homeless bum, a runaway young girl, and a transvestite as they find an abandoned baby at Christmas and attempt to take care of it. At Towson University's Van Bokkelen Hall, Room 204 April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? This sequel to Tyler Perry's 2007 comedy drama brings back a number of the original players--Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba, Jill Scott, Michael Jai White--for another romp through couples entertainingly dissecting married life. Opens April 2.
THE YEARLING Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' young-adult novel about a boy and his deer gets a loving adaptation by director Clarence Brown in this 1946 adaptation starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman. At the Charles Theatre April 3 at noon.
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