Following in the footsteps of horror hits like The Ring and The Grudge, The Eye is a re-make of an award-winning Asian film. Jessica Alba and Parker Posey star in this spooky flick about a blind concert violinist (Alba) who sees haunting images after a corneal transplant. Make a night out of it and check out the DVD of the original, Jian Gui, by the Pang bothers first.
Chinese director Jia Zhang Ke’s Golden Lion winning film, Still Life, poetically tells the intersecting stories of a coalminer and a nurse who travel to the flooded Fengjie district as it’s being re-built to search for their missing spouses. Shot on digital video, the visually stunning grainy flick simultaneously captures a mood of hope and despair as it documents the impact of human loss.
Mad Money isn’t exactly an Oscar contender, but it was directed by Oscar winner Callie Khouri (screenwriter of Thelma and Louise) and happens to star Oscar winner Diane Keaton (Annie Hall) and nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago). It also features Mrs. Cruise, Katie Holmes. This comedy/Heist flick revolves around a scheme Keaton, Latifah and Holmes develop to steal cash from their employer—the Federal Reserve Bank. It’s worth checking out just to see this unlikely trio of actors share screen time.
Katherine the Great
2007 was definitely the year of Katherine Heigl. Not only did the 29-year-old stunner win an Emmy for her role as Dr. Izzie on Grey’s Anatomy, but she also starred in one of the year’s biggest comedies, Knocked Up. Good news is that Heigl’s star power is continuing to rise in 2008 with the feature film 27 Dresses—a romantic comedy in which she plays a chronic bridesmaid whose younger sister decides to tie the knot with a man (Edward Burns) she is secretly in love with.
For more on Katherine Heigl, be sure to check out the March 2008 issue of FLARE!