The Oscar race for Best Picture is beginning to firm up, and it looks like a battle between new and old. In this corner, you have the cutting-edge charms of The Social Network, with its cast of under-30s (including one of the biggest pop stars in the world), and on the other side of the ring with Harvey Weinstein as cornerman, you've got the decidedly old-school The King's Speech. Colin Firth stars as the stammering King George VI, who hires a speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) to help him overcome his impediment while his country's on the verge of war, and Helena Bonham Carter is in there, too, hiding her trademarked crazy hair under a tasteful hat. The film killed on the fall festival circuit, and while The Social Network still has everybody buzzing, the more traditional charms of The King's Speech could be powerful — especially with the never-stammering Weinstein ready to shout about it from the rooftops.
Happy-Go-Lucky’s Sally Hawkins, who has been reliably, even overwhelmingly appealing in all her recent films, looks like she'll continue her likability streak with Made in Dagenham, based on the true story of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike. Hawkins stars as a wife and mother who leads her co-workers out on a strike for equal pay; she's joined by Miranda Richardson as the liberal MP Barbara Castle, Rosamund Pike, Bob Hoskins, and, right at the beginning of the trailer, the soon-to-be zombie-killing Andrew Lincoln. If the film seems to be a bit of a by-the-numbers historical drama trying hard to tap into your sense of justice (the swelling music cue at the one minute and 25 second mark is not subtle at all!), well, we have to confess, it worked on us. (Tears, they may have been formed.) It's sweet and convincing how not quite rousing Hawkins’s speeches are, though she does get off a doozy of a last line: Asked how the strikers will cope if they don't she snaps, "Cope? We’re women, now don’t ask such stupid questions."
"Cope? We’re women, now don’t ask such stupid questions."
Synopsis: Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job - passing himself off as Natsuki's boyfriend for four days during her grandmother's 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control to national defense and nuclear launch codes. Now a malicious AI program called the Love Machine is hijacking Oz accounts, growing exponentially more powerful and sowing chaos and destruction in its wake.