Glory Road (D:James Gartner, 117 min)
When it's not pumping out cartoons or Lindsay Lohan vehicles, Disney seems to specialize in sports-related underdog pics like Dreamer, The Greatest Game Ever Played and The Rookie. Now you can add Glory Road to that list of "inspired by a true story" films. Josh Lucas plays college basketball coach Don Haskins, who in the mid-60s recruits black players from up North to play ball in the racially volatile South. Derek Luke and Mehcad Brooks head up the team of players, while Jon Voight (an always reliable overacter) dons a prosthetic nose to play a bigoted rival coach. Can you guess how it ends?
Last Holiday (D: Wayne Wang, 112 min)
Paramount has been pushing this one heavily in trailers, and it'll be interesting to see how well it performs during the time of year when most people want to stay home with their DVD player. Queen Latifah plays -- get this -- a quiet, shy clerk who, after finding out she's got a few weeks to live, empties out her bank account and splurges on a European vacation. There, she meets all sorts of European-stock actors like Michael Nouri and (naturellement) Gérard Depardieu as a famous chef. Latifah has loads of charisma, and so does LL Cool J , who plays -- get this -- a quiet, shy guy she's attracted to. Guess how this one ends.
Both open Friday (January 13). Screened after press time - see reviews January 12 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.