movie releases

March 6: Marilyn Monroe’s last movie was released over 50 years ago, so the timing is probably perfect to tackle such an icon in film. Her image still epitomizes the Hollywood dream, but many of us have never actually seen her act. Nonetheless, it’s quite the task to capture her ineffable ability to be sexy and sweet, savvy and susceptible all in one breathy sentence. My Week With Marilyn comes pretty close, while at the same time letting the audience into the strange world of ‘50s-style superstardom.

September 6: Hanna tells the story of a 16-year-old girl whose ex-CIA father has trained her to be an assassin. The pair has spent most of her life in northern Finland, isolated from the rest of the world, until he sends her big mission – to kill another agent. A cross between Run Lola Run and the Bourne movies – with a little bit of fantasy and sci-fi thrown in the mix – the film is straight up entertainment that is perfect for back-to-school brains. Saoirse Ronan’s otherworldly quality is put to good use as Hanna, especially as she finds herself a stranger in strange lands.

February 1: While Welcome to the Rileys may not promise to be a great film, it does promise to be an interesting one. Starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo, the movie tells the story of a married couple that has drifted apart over the grief of losing a 15-year-old daughter. When the husband discovers his wife has already bought his and hers headstones, he is prodded into re-evaluating his life. He meets an underage stripper and decides to move in with her. This isn’t as creepy as it sounds.