In Selected Theaters: Jessica Biel in “Easy Virtue,” Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” “Burma VJ”

by | May 22, 2009 at 6:55 PM | The Movies

Here’s what’s opening in selected cities this weekend, and as David Letterman always says, we just pray to God that your city has been selected.

Easy Virtue
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Jessica Biel stars in Stephan Elliott’s (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) adaptation of a Noel Coward comedy as Larita Huntington, a vivacious and hedonistic American woman who has blazed a trail as the first female auto racer in the 1920s. When she charms her way into a proper British family by impetuously marrying John Whittaker (Ben Barnes), she scandalizes his relatives, most particularly his mother Veronica (Kristin Scott Thomas), who simply cannot stomach this “bauble of a woman” and quickly starts to do everything in her power to manipulate her son into turning against her. The result is a snappy battle of wits between the two strong women, and it also features Colin Firth as the miserable family patriarch Col. Jim Whittaker as well as some snazzy big band takes on contemporary hits.

The Girlfriend Experience
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Steven Soderbergh goes back to his indie film roots with this slice-of-life story about an aspiring high-end escort (porn star Sasha Grey) who is dealing not only with the crumbling economy during the end of the presidential election cycle, but who also faces trouble in her unique relationship with her live-in boyfriend.

Burma VJ
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Burma is a country being smothered under an oppressive hardline military regime, but a determined association of revolutionaries dedicatd to getting to the truth has been smuggling video footage out of the country at the risk of their very lives. This documentary is compiled from their recordings of a massive uprising of Buddhist monks against the regime in 2007, while the brutal soldiers try to hunt down and kill anyone who dares to have a camera. This is real life.