New movies this week
The gist: There ain't much in theaters in the dead week between Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday movie season, so that's when Lars von Trier's dour tale about a bride-to-be having her wedding in the literal shadow of a planet about to collide with Earth gets to hit the big screen around here. Take the kids! R
The cast: Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgård, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt and Charlotte Rampling.
The buzz: It's not quite the usual holiday fare, but the critics mostly like it. "There's something about the solemn, gloomy, often overwhelmingly powerful experience of watching Melancholia. I'll give it this much: This is a hard movie to forget," Slate reasons.
The Skin I Live In
The gist: Pedro Almodóvar, as well known for his cheery movies as Lars von Trier, cooks up this freakshow about a plastic surgeon who wants to develop a synthetic skin for burn victims, so he tests it on a woman he keeps locked up in a rape dungeon at his home. Or something to that effect. R
The cast: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, Roberto Alamo and Eduard Fernandez.
The buzz: More people seem to like this than not, too, despite the subject matter. "It may take a day or two before you figure out whether you actually like it. You could spend the first 24 hours merely trying to figure out what it is you just saw," the Washington Post says.
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