<p>Hollywood's newest token "some-sorta-Spanish" actor Javier Bardem (after Antonio Banderas started voicing bees in commercials and Benicio Del Toro starred in <em>The Wolfman</em>) stars in the new film <em>Biutiful</em> directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of the Mexican director triumvirate (the other two being Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro). Inarritu made a great first impression with <em>Amores Perros</em> but has most recently made the frighteningly uneven <em>21 Grams</em> and <em>Babel</em>, so we'll have to see how this one turns out. When not reading the foreign film nominations at the Academy Awards, Bardem was filmed playing a father trying to provide for his family on the wrong side of the law in the dangerous streets of Barcelona. And he happened to win best actor at Cannes for his performance.</p><p></p>Not to sound elitist or anything, but the film got very mixed reviews in a very interesting way: Boxoffice Magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, and the Post loved the film while the Times, WSJ, Voice, and A.V. Club... not so much, just saying, draw your own conclusions. Again, there were some positive reviews, but this one is just too good to not quote; Melissa Anderson at <a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-12-29/film/biutiful-more-bloated-than-babel-even-with-bardem/">The Voice</a> says: "Though its structure may be whittled down in comparison with the earlier works, <em>Biutiful</em> is even more morbidly obese than Babel in terms of soggy ideas, elephantine with miserabilist humanism and redemption jibber-jabber.<p></p>"Through this relentless, manipulative muck, Uxbal tries to be a stable, loving parent to his two tykes, especially after Mom gives one of them a shiner. For all the hand-wringing hooey, IÃ±Ã¡rritu says nothing more complex than this: Father feels worst."