the last king of scotland

Now Playing: SNATCH, A MIGHTY HEART and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Now Playing: SNATCH, A MIGHTY HEART and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Brad Pitt and Guy Ritchie – talk about a one-two punch of crime caper mayhem! Don’t miss SNATCH this week, along with our other star-studded affairs including Angelina Jolie in A MIGHTY HEART, John Travolta in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and Forest Whitaker in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND.

Now Playing: THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, FEMALE PERVERSIONS

Now Playing: THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, FEMALE PERVERSIONS

This week, we’ve got Forest Whitaker as a brutal dictator, Robert Redford in the CIA, and Jodie Foster as a domineering nun. Can you say “playing against type”? Watch these actors and others prove that great actors can play any role, and they can make us believe.

Top 10 dictator movies

Top 10 dictator movies

Sacha Baron Cohen, aka the Baron of Questionable Taste, is releasing his third opus in far-flung tomfoolery this week. THE DICTATOR follows the USA-bound travels of a heavily-bearded, thoroughly misogynistic tyrant modeled after… take your pick. You most probably have heard about this by now – what with Cohen’s shenanigans at the Oscars and a trailer featuring Megan Fox in bed, it’s hard not to be aware of him even if you’d really, really like to be. The question, however, is this: is THE DICTATOR coming to us a few years too late? Remember – the downfall of both Hussein and Gaddafi are history, especially when we have things like [insert name of favorite reality TV show here] to care about. Or, is this movie going to be just plain awesome?

James McAvoy is a First Class X-Man

James McAvoy is a First Class X-Man

James McAvoy is a favorite of Sundance’s own guiding light Robert Redford, who cast him in the Civil War drama The Conspirator. Redford clearly has great taste in actors (and bloggers, too, lol).

At a TimesTalk the other evening in Times Square, McAvoy charmed the audience with his thick Scottish accent and self-effacing personality, proving why he’s become one of today’s go-to actors most worth going to.

Asked if he watches American Idol, McAvoy said, “It’s like cocaine to me. I don’t know how to kick the habit.”

Pause. “Actually, I don’t know who the people are! I’m sure they’re very good.”

The audience already wanted to eat the guy up. And they loved him even more when he gave a spiel about how important American culture is, then laughed and said, “That sounded so fake!”

But his takes on his diverse filmography were very real. Here are the highlights: