Wondering what to see this weekend?
In today's Weekend Ticket, I review movies opening this week. But if you're interested in other options, here are my recommendations for previously released films:
The six or seven people who saw "Cassandra's Dream" will note the eerie similarities between Colin Farrell's remorseful criminal in this film and the one he played in that Woody Allen film. But you also see why Farrell would take such similar roles -- the chance to work with Allen, and with Martin McDonagh, the talented writer and director of the ultraviolent but witty "In Bruges."
3 1/2 stars
When the story starts in 1978, Marjane (given sprightly voice by Gabrielle Lopes) is an energetic kid who loves Bruce Lee, talks to Allah and tries to understand her well-off parents' conversations about Iranian politics. She supports anti-shah rioters, partly because she appreciates the theatricality of their process.
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Patty-Duke-and-her-cousin conceit of Freddie Highmore playing twins might set off alarm bells for viewers raised on obvious split screens. But Highmore and the film's effects squad pull it off. The twins seem like distinct people. Whereas Simon is bookish and peaceable, Jared is alternately mischievous and dour.