by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & BRICK LANE & r & & r & Based on a best-selling novel, Brick Lane is a story of finding freedom and community after being forced into an arranged marriage and sent off to a strange land (London, in this case). Set against the backdrop of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. (LB) Rated PG-13
Evelyn Waugh's novel about the rich and the religious, which begat a practically verbatim 11-hour PBS miniseries, now gets cut down and rearranged for the big screen while retaining the flavor and most of the substance of its predecessors. Commoner Charles Ryder gets mixed up with the absurdly wealthy Flyte-Marchmain family, resulting in relationships gone awry and a story featuring a classic British slap in the face of Catholicism. (ES) Rated PG-13
And now, a haiku: Mmmm, the best dope in town. Ooohh, the cops are bad. Bullets fly. Inhale. Laugh. (ES) Rated R
THE RAPE OF EUROPA
Film's done a pretty good job on the horrors of WWII from all angles. The Rape of Europa takes one of the few under-examined facets left: the wholesale theft and sometimes destruction of Europe's great pieces of art at the hands of the Nazi war machine. (LB) Not Rated
SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2
The girl from Joan of Arcadia, the girl from Ugly Betty, the girl from Gossip Girl and the girl from Gilmour Girls --- friends since childhood -- go their separate ways to college and the rest of their lives. They remain united, however, by friendship and, well, their pants. (LB) Rated PG
The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.