At The Movies: Genre Pictures Have No Borders

While its got its share of surprises, Drug War follows the cop picture formula closely enough to connect with those who like that kind of film, and its bracing, tightly choreographed shootouts are every bit as good, if grittier than their big studio counterparts. In most cases, American audiences are loath to go to subtitled movies. But, over the years, exceptions have been made for martial arts pictures and action movies. Drug War fits perfectly into the last genre — and its the best such import since 2002s Infernal Affairs, the Hong Kong picture that inspired Martin Scorseses The Departed. Oscar contenders coming to Lincoln If youre among those who like to see all the Oscar nominees on the big screen (always a good idea), you need to head to theaters over the next three weeks as two pictures likely to get nominations open in Lincoln Friday. Sandra Bullock, who took home a best actress Academy Award for her work in The Blind Side, is getting rave reviews for her performance as an astronaut floating in space and fearing death in Gravity. Shes almost a sure thing for a nomination. Director Alfonso Cuaron has been Oscar-nominated three times — for writing and editing. He could easily get a fourth or fifth nominations for writing and directing Gravity and the films impressive 3-D and cinematography could get Academy consideration as well. Enough Said, which begins a three-week run at the Ross Media Arts Center Friday, is building Oscar momentum for its stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and, especially, the late James Gandolfini. The romantic comedy about a pair of middle-aged divorcees is a sure bet to get a Golden Globe nomination in its comedy category. With 10 films now tabbed for best picture consideration, both Gravity and Enough Said could make that cut as well. ‘Nebraska’ looking like an awards hit Nebraska, the film about a father and son journey from Montana to Nebraska to cash a lottery ticket, with some scenes shot in Lincoln, looks like it will be another critical and awards hit for director Alexander Payne.

Movies opening Friday, Oct. 4

Sandra Bullock is an astronaut on a damaged shuttle in "Gravity." Photo: Handout, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

11 Director: Carlo Carlei Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis Plot: Shakespeare’s classic forbidden-love story comes to life in an adaptation by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes with True Grit standout Steinfeld getting hot and heavy with Booth. Friday, Oct. 11 ‘I Will Follow You into the Dark’ Director: Mark Edwin Robinson Stars: Mischa Barton, Ryan Eggold, Leah Pipes Plot: A young woman (Barton) fights to find her beloved boyfriend (Eggold) who has been taken by paranormal forces. Friday, Oct. 11 Directors: Murray Wais, Steve Winter, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff, Rob Bruce Plot: The adventurous life of extreme skiier Shane McConkey is explored in a documentary. Friday, Oct. 11 Mike Osborne, The Weinstein Company ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Director: Jonathan Levine Stars: Amber Heard, Michael Welch, Anson Mount Plot: The 2006 horror flick finally getting a release stars Heard as a shy outsider invited to spend the weekend at a secluded ranch house targeted by a killer stalker. Wednesday, Oct. 16 Director: John Krokidas Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall Plot: Columbia University is the hot spot for up-and-coming poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr and William Burroughs and a scandalous murder. The story is based on true events and characters. Friday, Oct.

Michelle Rodriguez talks movies, female empowerment, and sex: ‘I don’t talk about what I do with my vagina’

Men are intriguing. So are chicks. She shrugs. She doesnt hold back, says James Cameron, who directed Rodriguez inAvatar. Theres no filter. Shes a lot of fun to hang out with because you always know what shes thinking. She was bornin Texas to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father. When she was small, the family moved to the Dominican Republic, where Rodriguez spoke Spanish for three years. Then her mother whom she calls the strongest woman shes ever known had a nervous breakdown and the family moved to Jersey City, where the actress was raised largely by her grandmother. Her new melting-pot neighborhood had an impact. Thats where I learned to curse, Rodriguez jokes. She was brought up as a Jehovahs Witness, and sharpened her wit on the street: Thats what I used to survive, because they were like, All right, shes a funny bitch lets protect her. And then Id protect all the weaker kids who helped me with my homework. She liked to make up stories for her stepsister and dreamed about being a writer, but she dropped out of high school before graduating. Fing public schools suck a, dude, she says.

Rated PG. Parkland We all know the tragedy of Nov. 22, 1963, but this film explores the assassination of John F. Kennedy through an unusual prism – the ordinary people thrust into a horrible duty in Dallas. From producer Tom Hanks . Rated PG-13. Runner Runner Grad student Richie ( Justin Timberlake ) thirsts to make fast dough but loses his tuition money at online poker. The desperate dude hops a plane to face off with mastermind Ivan ( Ben Affleck ), who sweet-talks Richie with visions of his own operation. Now cue the FBI putting the squeeze on Richie. Rated R. We Are What We Are The Parkers see themselves as a private family sticking to their ancestral customs. But their whole world flips upside down when their matriarch drops dead in the street, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to step up to the plate. At the same time, a severe storm unleashes a downpour, unearthing who knows what.