(M) Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur is not a straight-sworded historical drama such as King Arthur, or a satirical comedy like Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Nor is it a musical like Camelot, or an animation such as Disney’s The Sword in the Stone. It has bits of all four, along with lots of the rapid, time-merging plotting and arch, contemporary dialogue. It opens with a tremendous battle at Camelot, where the king is Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana). Pendragon prevails, but when his throne-coveting brother Vortigern (Jude Law) launches a coup, the result is regicide. Only Pendragon’s young son survives (Charlie Hunnam). The rest of the film follows Arthur’s growth into a man and his ambivalent quest to revenge his father by killing his uncle.
The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1 (MA15+) Kane (Daniel MacPherson), who is based on a space station hovering above Earth, learns that a violent riot in a prison down below has sparked brutal recriminations. He fears for the safety of his daughter, Indi (Teagan Croft), and hurries back to Earth, where he lands near a lake and encounters Sy (Kellan Lutz), an ex-con who escaped jail during the riot. The film itself isn’t always coherent. Numerous flashbacks, not necessarily in chronological order, muddy the waters.
After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (PG) After the Storm paints a portrait of a foolish man who appears to be a failure both professionally and in his personal relationships. Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) seemed to have it all. He’d written a successful novel, he had a lovely wife, Kyoko (Yoko Maki), and son, Shingo. But he’d become a gambling addict and lost everything. Ryota is a loser — but he’s also a charming man, and basically decent, so we feel sorry not only for him, because he’s wasting his life, but for his family, who love him and yet despair of him.
Lighting the Sails: Audio Creatures Sequences of moving imagery are being projected on to the sails of the Sydney Opera House that evoke pulsing sea creatures, vibrant bird plumage and lustrous plant life, suggestive of a futuristic hybridity between the organic and mechanical worlds.