Queue It Up: April 27, 2010

Click on any of the titles below to add to your Netflix queue...

It's Complicated.  Writer-director Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give) scores again with this decidedly mature romantic comedy.  The trifecta of Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin is nearly impossible to resist, and the movie is both charming and refreshingly unpredictable.  You'll feel guilty laughing at some of the more obvious comedic bits, but you'll still laugh.
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.  Another misfire from Terry Gilliam, who's clearly lost his way as a director.  This is Heath Ledger's last film, but you're better off skipping this frustrating, uneven, and obtuse movie, and sticking with The Dark Knight instead.  For die-hard Gilliam fans only, and even those will likely be disappointed.
The Descent Part 2.  If you've never seen the first Descent, go rent it now.  It's one of the freakiest thrillers in recent memory - following a group of female cave spelunkers and the horrors they encounter.  Think Gollum but scarier, and lots of them.  This sequel picks up right where the first one left off.  Should be interesting, if not as good as the original.
District B13: Ultimatum.  Another sequel to a popular cult action movie from producer Luc Besson, whose main claim to fame is its extensive use of parkour.  If you liked the opening chase sequence in Casino Royale, then you'll probably flip for the District B13 movies.
Five Minutes of Heaven.  Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt star in this crime thriller, a British/Irish made-for-tv movie that tells the story of Ulster Volunteer Force member, Alistair Little.
Tombstone.  One of the better Westerns in recent memory, starring Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday.
Armageddon.  Michael Bay's meteor "masterpiece."  Most critics hate it.  I love it.
Dune.  David Lynch's misguided attempt at science fiction.
Out of Africa.  Meryl Streep and Robert Redford fall in love and bore the audience in this Sydney Pollack-directed drama.
The Jackal.  Bruce Willis and Richard Gere star in this tepid remake of the classic '70s thriller, The Day of the Jackal.
Traffic.  Truly awesome, epic take on drug wars from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh.  

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