Spent Sunday at the movies: seeing The Debt at Six Forks Station Cinema and Colombiana at Mission Valley Cinema. The first is an intelligent and introspective espionage thriller that requires attention, and the second is action fluff with lots of gunfire and explosions.
The Debt deals with a Mossad mission to kidnap a Nazi from East Berlin in 1965 and resulting fallout in 1997. From the 1997 part of the film, the three Mossad operatives are solidly delivered by Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds and Tom Wilkinson. The three from the 1965 sequences (Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington) are also good. Jesper Christensen as the suspected Nazi is also solid, although looking unnervingly like David Warner in spots. Jangly, tense and unnerving film score. Recommended. Also I should go find a copy of the Israeli 2007 film this is a remake of and watch it.
* The Ides of March - US Presidential campaign intrigue. Clooney, Gosling, Giamatti, Hoffman, etc.
* Moneyball - Brad Pitt as the Oakland A's manager. Looks fun.
* The Killer Elite - I should rewatch the original, it's been years.
* Haywire - Soderbergh thriller. (Jan 2012)
Columbiana is action fluff, much more comic book-feeling than the Le Carre-ish feel of The Debt. A young girl's parents are murdered by the cocaine dealer her father works for, she becomes a contract killer who hunts everyone connected with her family's death when she's not killing for money. Produced by Luc Besson (of course), the film feels like Leon / The Professional about half the time, La Femme Nikita or maybe Alias about a third of the time, and one stunt scene from Lethal Weapon 4. Also there's at least one scene shown in the trailer not present in the film. Recommended with beer or while doing something while it plays in background. Oh, and parkour: there's parkour everywhere now, seemingly.
* Contagion - SARS / bird flu and we have only a little less luck than what actually happened.
* The Ides of March