Giuseppe Tornatore directed this grand-scale portrait of life and love over several decades in a small town in Sicily. The Torrenuovas are a family of peasant shepherds who have lived and worked in Bagheria though many generations. In the years before the rise of Mussolini, the family often found themselves working for Don Giacinto (Lollo Franco), a local tycoon who often used his power and position to take advantage of others. Young Peppino Torrenuova senses a profound injustice in the way Don Giacinto treats his elders, and as the years pass the young man becomes a passionate advocate for social change. Once he grows to be a man, Peppino (Francesco Scianna) falls in love with beautiful Mannina (Margareth Made) and they get married, starting a family of their own over the objections of Mannia’s parents, who believe she can do better. As Peppino throws in his lot with the local Communist party and works to make life better for his fellow peasants, we see a number of important historical events through his eyes and watch the fortunes of his town and his family rise and fall. Featuring guest appearances by Monica Bellucci, Raoul Bova and Donatella Finocchiaro, Baaria was the opening night attraction at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide Yesterday, we received word from the folks over in Gotham about a new operation: operation slipknot. It was a simple message from Lt. Jim Gordon: “OK friend, you’re up to bat now. You have yourself a new assignment: Operation Slipknot.” You can head over to the Operation Slipknot website and see headshots of all of the corrupt police officers that Gordon is trying to arrest. From there you can visit the Gotham Intercontinental Hotel website at GothamIntercontinentalHotel.com. The concierge phone number is listed at the bottom and you can try calling in and convincing them that you are that particular person. If you read the “Intel” tab on the Slipknot site, it will give you info on how to come up with the reference number for each person. Sadly it won’t let you do this outside of the US, but reports indicate that this latest viral campaign will be tied to the released of the much-anticipated trailer for the film. The Dark Knight is in Irish cinemas July 25th.