New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
Four friends vacationing from Australia (Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price, Teresa Palmer, and Anthony Starr) party the night away at a remote Cambodian holiday destination only to wake the next morning with big heads, minus a chum, and unable to recall the events of the previous evening. It’s not an implausible whodunit, nor is it a conventional mystery. The complex flashback structure — designed by first time writer,-director Kieran Darcy-Smith and his wife, leading lady, and co-author Price — skillfully weaves in and out of time frames and locations. Like a pair of veteran Vegas dealers, Darcy-Smith and Price cut and shuffle the exposition, doling out just the right amounts of clarification to keep audiences on their toes We don’t begin to learn the "how" or "why" until over halfway through the picture, and by that time we are so caught up in the lives of others that our raison d'être has all but evaporated. 2012.