The low-down on this week's premieres
This week, fall into a burning ring of fire as Academy Award-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator) portrays legendary Country & Western and rock ’n’ roll king Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. The film follows the life of the man in black as he journeys from a cotton farm in Arkansas to recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Written and directed by James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted), Line also explores Cash’s time in the Air Force and his romance with his future wife, June (Reese Witherspoon). For his role as Cash, Phoenix learned to play the guitar from scratch. Both he and Witherspoon sing their own vocals. Maybe Mangold will include a scene in which Cash, who was stationed in San Antonio, and his ex-wife, Vivian Liberto, carved their names into a bench that was located in front of La Mansion Del Rio on the River Walk. Currently, the bench is being held hostage by the San Antonio Parks Department.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth film in the J.K. Rowling series, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), with his friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), gets ready for the TriWizard tournament in which he will battle against all the best young wizards across Europe. But with the imminent return of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), Harry has more to worry about than just the competition. Goblet of Fire, this time directed by Mike Newell (Mona Lisa Smile), is the first Potter film rated PG-13.
When two young Palestinian men, Khaled (Ali Suliman) and Saïd (Kais Nashef), are recruited to become suicide bombers, they are allowed to spend their last night before their death with their families in Paradise Now `see "Paradise lost" in this issue of the Current`.
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. •