IBJ Night at the Movies: 'Defiance'

December 29, 2008
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Daniel Craig and Liev Schriber star in the upcoming film WW II film "Defiance," in which three brothers escape Nazi-occupied Poland and join with Russian resistance fighters. Edward Zwick ("Blood Diamond," "Glory") directs. More info on the film here.

Want to catch a sneak preview?

IBJ will be hosting a screening on January 14 at AMC Castleton Square 14. To score passes, e-mail lharry@ibj .com with "Defiance" in the subject line.

I'll contact the winners.

Supplies are limited, so act quickly.

While you are here on the blog, let IBJ readers know what you thought of any of the recent crop of holiday film releases.
  • It's a good weekend for me when I can see ONE movie...even better when I can see THREE. I took my son to see Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories. It wasn't any more than I expected...a silly but entertaining movie for the young (i.e. immature). We enjoyed it.

    I saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and as much as I liked it, I don't think it lived up to the hype. It was a good movie, but not necessarily a life-changing one as I'd been led to believe. Brad Pitt did an amazing job and the storyline was enlightening, but I just expected more.

    Feeling guilty for jumping on the Team Brad bandwagon, I had to give Team Jen some equal time, so I went to see Marley and Me (I read the book years ago) and perhaps because I wasn't expecting it to be more than good...I thought it was great. I can't remember the last time a movie made me cry so hard. Maybe not as deep as Benjamin Button; more funny, heartwarming and yes, sad, but definitely the best movie of the three.
  • Marley and Me was an excellent movie. Any movie that can make you laugh one minute, cry the next, and back to laughing again is a movie worth the price. This movie is one of those and well worth the time.
  • We wanted to see Revolutionary Road, but of course, it's not playing here yet. Why are we always dissed in favor of larger markets?

    We ended up not seeing anything. Benjamin Button looks good but I thought it might not live up to the hype. Marley & Me would probably tear my heart out. I can't take movies where an animal dies and I assume there's a death. There's hardly a movie with a real or cartoon animal in it that doesn't involve some death. I recently watched My Dog Skip on tv and was sobbing for an hour after it was over.
  • So many films, so little time! I saw Benjamin Button and loved it--well, it was a bit long, but the cinematography and special effects were amazing. Brad Pitt's ability to age (or de-age) was so well done it was hard to believe it was CGI. The plot --while very different from the Fitzgerald story--was still very sweet.
    Four Christmases was a film I didn't expect to really like, but it got good reviews so I drug the family. And it was hilarious. Maybe even hit home a little in terms of families that have their disharmony! All in all it was great escapism, lots of surprise cameos from unexpected actors, and a happy (?) ending without an emotional investment from the audience.
    Finally, The Day the Earth Stood Still was an interesting version. I still prefer the original but it's always nice to see how a remake treats a classic. Will Smith's son was the best actor of the bunch, and I so wanted to tell him to check across the theater complex for his dad when he was looking for his return in the cemetary. It would have been nice to find out how to stop the aliens from returning...
    I've got a few more on my list to add, but I want to save space for others!
  • It's been a great couple weeks. First Slumdog Millionaire (or mill-a-nair, as the
    host says it). Just an amazing, amazing film - great story, great performances,
    beautiful to watch, which is saying something when so many of the scenes are
    gruesome and distressing.

    Then, Milk. Again, wonderful. Sean Penn may be a whack job personally, but he
    has immense talent. Highly recommend seeing this before it sneaks out of market.

    Finally, Doubt. Yes, both Amy Adams and Meryl Streep's characters are over the
    top - Amy, so naive; Meryl, so jaded - but it somehow it just works. Simultaneously
    character driven and plot driven, it's a great story, told well.
  • Me and my daughters, the teenager next door, and the family across the street all went to see Marley And Me and found it very comical. My 4 year old daughter was surprized when so many people, including dog-disliking me, were crying. It was a very good family movie. If your pet is elderly like my neighbors, bring tissue!
  • While I liked Marley and Me, I don’t feel like it’s the heartwarming comedy they are making it out to be. It’s very sad, but well acted. I just think there should be more of a warning before you take your kids or except it to be a comedy. While funny, it’s more of a take 3 boxes of Kleenex kind of movie.
  • Went to see Seven Pounds with some friends. Not all that ! Was disappointed. Will Smith is a good actor, but it was flashbacks from
    Happyness during scenes where he had to muster up emotion.
    Just not the movie I was hoping for.

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