The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what’s rocking their world this week.
1. Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech: Colin Firth has the showier role as the stammering King George VI, but Bonham Carter is just as good — maybe better — as Elizabeth, who would go on to become England’s Queen Mother. Bonham Carter portrays her with a regality befitting a future queen, but also with a directness and common-sense wit that shines through amid flashier acting by Firth and Geoffrey Rush, who plays the king’s unconventional speech therapist.
— Robert Philpot
2. Johnny Cash, God’s Gonna Cut You Down and Iris DeMent, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: Among the many reasons to love the new True Grit is that it brings these songs deeper into the public consciousness. The first, a Cash classic released after his death, only appears in previews for the movie, but it’s a must-hear — and a must-see, with its great original video available on YouTube. The second is DeMent’s rootsy, plaintive version of a 19th-century hymn that would’ve been a contemporary song for the movie’s characters. It plays over the closing credits, and it’s worth staying in your seat for a whole extra four minutes to hear it.
— Robert Philpot
3. Dead Snow on DVD: Though this campy Norwegian horror flick was released in early 2010 on DVD, it bears spotlighting now because it’s going to be a long wait until the second season of The Walking Dead. So the new legions of zombie fans just might want to check out this blood-spattered tale about a group of med students who decide to vacation in an isolated mountain cabin — haven’t these kids seen The Evil Dead? — only to discover WWII Nazi zombies on the loose. In Norwegian with English subtitles. It’s unrated, but not for the squeamish.
— Cary Darling