Seann William Scott stars in ‘Goon’ (R) as Doug, an unhappy bouncer who dreams of becoming a minor league hockey goon—aka, the guy who throws the punches. While he can’t skate or play hockey, he can easily win a fist fight, and he soon lands a spot with the Halifax Highlanders, giving him a chance to face off against Ross “The Boss” Rhea (Liev Schreiber) and transform himself from a slacker into a genuine hockey goon. Jay Baruchel also stars and helped write the screenplay for Canadian director Michael Dowse’s fifth feature film.
Shakespeare occasionally gets an avant garde makeover on the big screen; the latest is ‘Coriolanus’ (R), a modern update on one of the Bard’s later and more obscure works. Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut and also stars as the banished hero Caius Martius Coriolanus, who teams with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take revenge on the city that has betrayed him. Like most updates of classic literature, it’s a little rough around the edges, but altogether it’s an interesting piece of art and a great directorial debut from Fiennes.
‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ (R) didn’t get nearly enough press or buzz back when it was making the rounds for the Oscars and the Golden Globes. But if you didn’t happen to catch it then, now is the time to pick it up on DVD. Tilda Swinton delivers a fragile, haunted performance as a mother trying to deal with the aftermath of her teenage son’s growing violence; her fractured relationship with the boy and the age-old dilemma of nature vs. nurture are made worse by the blame and finger-pointing of other parents.