The Grey (Joe Carnahan) *** - A plane carrying a group of oil drillers in Alaska crashes and a small group of survivors must survive the elements and a pack of killer wolves. What seems like a typical action-adventure survival story is actually a very interesting, complex meditation on deeper spiritual and religious issues surrounding life, death and the brutality of nature. Liam Neeson delivers one of his best performances in a long, long time in this one after seemingly put on autopilot kicking people's asses in B-action movies the last couple of years. It's not a perfect film but one of the more interesting films so far this season.
The Woman in Black (James Watkins) **1/2
- This is a British ghost story produced by Hammer Films and it's very much
reminiscent of creepy haunted house films like The Haunted (the original one) and The Innocents. The film is nowhere near as
great as those aforementioned films but is a passable enough entry to the genre
with a few good atmospheric scares. Daniel Radcliffe acquits himself well in his
first role playing an adult although I did have a bit of trouble buying him as a
widowed lawyer even with the stubble. All in all, far from horrible but also far
from the best of the genre.