Movies Opening Friday, Sept. 27

The book, on the other hand, is not King’s most critically acclaimed. “Precious” Sapphire’s book is inventive, to be sure: protagonist Precious begins writing when she’s semi-illiterate, and uses phonetic spellings. But the film, co-produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah, was an excellent platform for Gabourey Sidibe’s acting. “Drive” The neo-noir novel is great, but could get lost among a sea of other well-written pulp fiction books. The movie, on the other hand, is unique: It’s at once campy and subtly touching. And, okay, it’s also Ryan Gosling at his best. “Silence of the Lambs” This novel was critically acclaimed — Roald Dahl called it, “subtle, horrific and splendid, the best book I have read in a long time,” and David Foster Wallace used to assign it to his students. But Hannibal’s eeriness is simply better conveyed on film. “The Godfather” Mario Puzo co-wrote the film version of his book, so he shouldn’t take offense to this one. The movie is better if only because of the impact it’s had on the way Americans view their individual nationalities and ethnicities. It doesn’t hurt that it’s widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, either. “Fight Club” Aside from the Hollywoodification of the story’s ending, the movie stays true to the mood and dialogue of the book.

Rated PG. Inuk When beaten Greenland teenager Inuk nearly freezes to escape troubles at home, he winds up at an isolated children’s home in the Arctic Sea ice. There old and new worlds intersect on a seal-hunting trip with the hunter Ikuma. In Greenlandic, Danish and English with subtitles. Not rated. Note: Filmmakers Mike Magidson and Marc Buriot will be at Friday night screenings at the Roxie . Metallica: Through the Never Heavy-metal masters Metallica go where they haven’t gone before in this Imax 3-D art-meets-performance film. The narrative element tracks the travails of a young roadie who goes on a quest for the music blasters as they wail away onstage. From director Nimrod Antal . Rated R. On the Job What a devious concept, sneaking prisoners out to assassinate people and then slipping them back behind bars.

Drive-in movies at Union Market are coming back (Video)

The market launched D.C. Drive-in with four movies this summer, projecting D.C.-themed films on the market’s three-story-high white wall. The five fall films will run on Fridays from Oct. 4 – Nov. 8 and embrace each day’s unofficial holiday. This is just one casual movie watcher’s opinion, but the films definitely seem to have a wider appeal than the last time around. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 4: “Caddyshack,” in honor of National Golf Day Oct. 11: “Julie and Julia,” in honor of National Cookbook Launch Day Oct. 18: “Good Will Hunting,” in honor of National No Beard Day Nov. 1: “Evan Almighty,” in honor of All Saints’ Day Nov. 8: People’s choice. The people’s choice film will be voted on by members of the public via social media, although more details on that voting were not immediately available. All films begin at 8 p.m., with cars being let into the parking lot across from the market starting at 6 p.m. During the summer series, festival organizers took reservations for a certain number of spots in the parking lot and left some open for first come, first served.

Top 10 Scarlett Johansson Movies

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While Bay certainly delivered the sort of high-octane chase scenes and action sequences we’ve come to expect, The Island offered far more humanity and intelligence than most of his work. And for their part, Johansson and MacGregor really sold their characters and their odd love story despite the limited timeframe. 9. The Horse Whisperer Buy The Horse Whisperer Blu-ray for $10.99 on Amazon The Horse Whisperer offered an early chance for Johansson to shine in 1998, and she certainly rose to the challenge. Robert Redford directed and starred in this adaptation of Nicholas Evans’ popular novel. Redford played the titular Horse Whisperer, a kindly rancher gifted with the ability to nurture injured and traumatized horses back to health. He faced his greatest challenge in the form of Johansson’s teen riding enthusiast and her horse, both of whom narrowly survived a terrible accident. Kristin Scott Thomas also starred as a mother struggling to reconcile her newfound love of the Montana wilderness with her busy life back home. What could have been a schmaltzy romance instead became an emotional, contemplative look at the relationships between people and horses. Redford’s direction was impeccable, and Johansson expertly conveyed the tumultuous blend of typical teen brattiness and the deeper physical and emotional suffering her character required. 8. Girl With a Pearl Earring Buy Girl With a Pearl Earring for $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video When casting this adaptation of Tracy Chavalier’s novel, director Peter Webber apparently had eyes only for Johansson as his star actress. It’s tough to argue with the results. Here, Johansson played Griet, a servant girl working for famous Dutch painter JohannesVermeer (Colin Firth).