A very good year is shaping up for Portman

Last weekend was a great one for movies. Not only did The Green Hornet and The Dilemma open strong for January releases, True Grit lived up to its name showing that it had staying power and the Golden Globe Awards were handed out on Sunday.

Natalie Portman (left) and Ashton Kutcher star in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached.

Last weekend was a great one for movies. Not only did The Green Hornet and The Dilemma open strong for January releases, True Grit lived up to its name showing that it had staying power and the Golden Globe Awards were handed out on Sunday.

Back in October, I wrote about my excitement for The Social Network because it was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. Imagine my excitement as both Sorkin and Fincher won Golden Globes for it on Sunday night as well as it winning Best Dramatic Picture. Watch for it to be a front-runner at the Academy Awards, nominations for which are announced Jan. 25 with the Oscars being handed out on Feb. 27.

This is going to be an incredible year for Natalie Portman. Not only is she expecting her first child, she has she just won the Best Actress Golden Globe award for her performance in Black Swan, which virtually guarantees her an Oscar nomination.

But she stars in no less than three movies this year: the comic book adaptation, Thor; the medieval stoner comedy Your Highness; and in this week’s only new wide release, No Strings Attached. She has worked with some of the greatest directors of all time including Luc Besson (The Professional), Michael Mann (Heat), Woody Allen (Everyone Says I Love You), Tim Burton (Mars Attacks!), George Lucas (The Star Wars prequels), Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain), Mike Nichols (Closer) and in No Strings Attached, she gets to work with the great comedy director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Stripes and Dave).

Reitman directs her and Ashton Kutcher in a romantic comedy about two life-long friends who decide to have a strictly sexual relationship with no emotional attachments.

While the outcome may seem predictable, the success of the movie will depend on the chemistry between the leads and how lively the script is. The addition of Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes and Tim Matheson to the cast definitely helps.

Although Nicole Kidman did not win a Golden Globe for her performance in Rabbit Hole, she was nominated and expect her to be nominated for an Oscar as well. Also starring Aaron Eckhart, it is the story of a happily married couple whose lives are change after a tragic accident. They undertake an intensely emotional, redemptive journey to regain their happiness.

Critics have heaped praise on Rabbit Hole, giving the script notices for mixing just the right amount of humour to give relief to the sadness and heaping praise on the performances of both Kidman and Eckhart.

It is scheduled to open at the Paramount on Friday, but has not been confirmed as I write this. Check the Paramount’s listings at www.landmarkcinema.ca.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.


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