Spring Break Preview, part 2
Originally written for The Occidental.
Here are the rest of the upcoming Warner Brothers films for this quarter (see last week’s paper for the others!). Looks like the next few months will be interesting!
All photos copyright Warner Bros.
A social thriller set in contemporary LA, Goodbye, Lover centers around Sandra Dunmore (Patricia Arquette, Ed Wood, True Romance). As the wife to one man (Dermot Mulroney, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Copycat) and the mistress to his brother (Don Johnson, Tin Cup,”Miami Vice”), she is superficially all goodness and light, but may have hidden depths underneath her simple exterior. Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen,” Mr. Wrong) also stars as a cynical, sarcastic detective investigating the ties between the other characters after a dive off a high-rise kills one character and raises questions about the motives of the rest — the deceased had a $4 million insurance policy.
Harry Donovan (Jason Patric, Sleepers, The Lost Boys) is a great artist without a reputation — at least among honest people. Donovan forges paintings. Or at least, he did — now he wants to go straight, give up a lifetime of putting famous people’s names on his canvasses. Before he can give it up for good, he is lured back to take one more job — his greatest work yet: to re-create a portrait by Rembrant. Of course, it isn’t that simple. The deal goes sour, and Harry becomes not only wanted for the “theft” of a “rediscovered” Rembrandt (his painting), but for murder as well.
During the late 60s and early 70s, Steve Prefontaine was a star, a unique athelete who combined amazing ability on the track with a rock-star’s ability to ignite the crowd. Those who knew him called him “Pre” as a sign of respect. In the US he held all seven records between 2,000 and 10,000 meters. His fight against the hypocrisy of the AAU were taken up by his contemporaries, and finally revolutionized amateur athletics in the US. He ran an amazing race at the Munich Olympics, and was strongly favored to win at the Montreal Games in ’76, but he never got the chance. At the age of 24, in 1975, Steve Prefontaine was killed in a car accident.
Without Limits traces Pre’s (Billy Crudup, Sleepers) brief but exciting career and his friendship with his coach and mentor Bill Bowerman (Donald Sutherland, Outbreak, Fallen).
Sphere is coming up, as well… but rather than a synopsis, I’m going to ask my loyal readers to wait until next week, when I’ll have a full review for you!