Media That’s a wrap & Special screenings

The low-down on this week’s premieres

With a new year comes a new batch of remakes. Phoning in first is When a Stranger Calls, which starred Carol Kane in 1979 as the wide-eyed baby-sitter who receives prank calls from someone who seems to be watching her. In the 2006 rendition, Camilla Belle (The Ballad of Jack and Rose) plays the caretaker whose quiet evening at home turns into a night of cell-phone terror.

Interracial love is in the air in the rom-com Something New. Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan), a senior accounting manager in Los Angeles, begins to fall in love with landscape architect Brian Kelly (Simon Baker). When she hires him to work in her yard, Kenya must decide whether to focus her time on becoming a partner in her firm or devoting herself to her new man, despite her family’s disapproval.

Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan portray lovers from different sides of the tracks — he’s a laid-back landscaper, she’s an ambitious accountant — in Something New.

After the death of her husband, Laura Henderson (Dame Judi Dench) decides to purchase a London theater and put on revues starring girls in pasties in Mrs. Henderson Presents. Bob Hoskins (Vanity Fair) stars as Vivian Van Damm, the man Laura hires to run the hall. The film is directed by Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things).

Also, two films are on a tentative schedule: A Good Woman, based on Oscar Wilde’s clever social satire Lady Windermere’s Fan, follows Stella Erlynne (Helen Hunt) as she moves to Italy and tries to seduce Robert (Mark Umbers), husband to Meg Windermere (Scarlett Johansson).

Set in the ’60s, The World’s Fastest Indian stars Anthony Hopkins as Burt Munro, a New Zealander who spent decades rebuilding a 1920s Indian motorcycle to race it on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats.

Local premiere dates for limited-release films are tentative and can change at the last minute. Please check your local theater listings to confirm showtimes.

Kiko Martinez

Special screenings

Know Why You Are Marching

Citizen King
Dir. Noland Walker (2004)

The Know Why You Are Marching Civil Rights and Film Series continues at noon Saturday, Ferbruary 4, with an appearance by Charles Jones, associate professor in and founding chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University. The eight-week series, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month, includes speakers, dramatic plays, and Civil Rights-era films. All events are free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. For more information, the complete schedule, or reservations, call 223-8621 or 481-0198, or e-mail [email protected].

Movies at the Instituto

De Jazmín en Flor y otras historias cortas
Dir. Daniel Gruener (1996)

Sunday Movies at the Instituto, in collaboration with Conaculta - Imcine, presents De Jazmín en Flor and other short films. Jose Carlos Ruiz stars in De Jazmín, a film about two men who meet in the course of their suicide attempts. The ensuing discussion of life and love leads to a dramatic climax. The screening begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 5, at the Instituto de México, 600 Hemisfair Park. $2 suggested donation.

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