Screens That's a wrap

The low-down on this week's premieres

Sean Penn plays a government agent who must decide what to do with cunning linguist Nicole Kidman, who overhears an assassination plot at her United Nations job, in The Interpreter.

After hearing about an assassination plot while working inside the walls of the United Nations, Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) must trust that federal agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) will protect and believe her, in The Interpreter, the first film ever to be shot inside the U.N. Headquarters. This has been the longest hiatus (six years) that Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa) has taken since his five-year break in between 1985's Africa and 1990's Havana. Hopefully he's not lost in translation in this political thriller. Let's also cross our fingers that the language Kidman can decode is not that of the clicking Bushman.

When Oliver Geary (Ashton Kutcher) and Emily Friehl (Amanda Peet) meet on an airplane, the two find out they would never survive in anything other than a platonic relationship in A Lot Like Love. That is, until they start falling for each other over the course of a few years `see 'New reviews' in this issue of the Current`. Sounds like its should be called When Oliver Met Emily. Love is directed by Nigel Cole, the same guy that got Helen Mirren, 59, and Julie Walters, 55, naked in 2003's Calendar Girls.

In King's Ransom, wealthy businessman Malcolm King (Anthony Anderson) devises a plan to kidnap himself so that his soon-to-be ex-wife won't be able to take his fortune in their divorce settlement. But when the plan goes awry, Malcolm is left to fend for himself against all the grubby and greedy hands that are reaching for his bling-bling.

If you are a fan of the X-Games, Dust to Glory is a documentary right up your racetrack. From director Dana Brown (Step Into Liquid), Glory captures the brutal competition at the Baja 1000 in Baja, Mexico as souped-up vehicles race through the desert heat. Unlike NASCAR's repetitious ovals that will lull you to sleep, this contest is off-road and a bit more unpredictable `see 'Clear and present danger' in this issue of the Current`.

And finally, Duma tells the story a little boy and his cheetah on an adventure through Africa `see 'A spotty business' in this issue of the Current`.

By Kiko Martinez


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