CHICAGO – If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a director and a producer, let “47 Ronin” explain how the hierarchy of creativity hinders the evolution of even the most straightforward-sounding pitches. “47 Ronin” is the type of samurai movie set in Japan that features native actors speaking only English, while Keanu Reeves stars as an outsider clearly plunked into the picture for stateside star power.
CHICAGO – In Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games,” a couple and their young son are subjected to a night of physical and psychological torture. Their captors are two smirking psychopaths who only aim to please their thrill-seeking audience. The funny thing about “Games” is that it spares viewers from enjoying any explicit violence, forcing them to feel the characters’ excruciating suffering instead.
CHICAGO – This 18-image slideshow contains the official press images for “The Final Destination,” starring Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Haley Webb, Mykelti Williamson, Krista Allen, and Nick Zano. The film was written by Eric Bress and directed by David R. Ellis and opens on August 28th, 2009. It is rated R.