What's Playing 02/29/08

A slow weekend on this extra day of February we are granted this year, but still some interesting choices to check out in theatres. Will Ferrell takes a stab at playing professional basketball. A love story is told in modern times. And Eric Bana gets to be next to both Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in old turn of the century garb making him one of the luckiest men alive. Be sure to catch one of these great flicks or perhaps go back in time and check out those you’ve missed.

Wide Release

Semi-Pro – Starring Will Ferrell, Andre Benjamin, Woody Harrelson, Maura Tierney, and more. Jackie Moon is the owner, a player, and the coach for the Flint Michigan Tropics’ basketball team in the American Basketball Association. He is all about good times and just enjoying himself. But when his team’s future is on the line, he rallies them together because it’s the NBA or bust!

Penelope – Starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon, Catherine O’Hara, and more. You’ve heard the story before I’m sure, but now listen to it with a modern twist. A young aristocratic heiress was born under a horrid curse, and the spell can only be broken when she finds her one true love.

The Other Boleyn Girl – Starring Natalie Portman, Eric Bana, and Scarlett Johansson. A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family’s blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

Limited Release

Bonneville – Starring Jessica Lange, Tom Skerritt, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, and more. Follow along on the journey of three women that take a road trip to Santa Barbara in order to deliver the ashes of one of their dead husbands to his resentful daughter.

Chicago 10 – Archival footage, animation, and music are used to look back at the eight anti-war protesters who were put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

City of Men – Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers’ pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio’s favelas.