The Comebacks: Spoof movies. My rule is, if they don’t star Leslie Neilsen, I don’t see them (sadly this rule applied to Dracula, Dead and Loving It). This one spoofs sports films. Recently we’ve had Epic Movie, Date Movie and the Scary Movie series. Hopefully we will soon run out of genres and they’ll be forced to make spoofs of Ken Burns documentaries. This is playing at the Pavilion and the United Artists on Court Street.
Things We Lost in the Fire: I saw this film a few months ago with friend Gregory at an advanced screening. I honestly didn’t think too much of it, despite the fact that it stars BS fave David Duchovny. Double D stars as a guy who is murdered during a random conflict, leaving behind his family (his wife is played by Halle “this is my Oscar clip” Berry) and his best friend (Benicio Del Toro). If that’s not enough of a bummer for you, Del Toro is also a heroin addict. Wahoo! It wasn’t necessarily a bad movie, but unless they did some mass editing since I saw it back in March, it’s not going to top any lists. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street.
Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour: I had never heard of this, but judging by the trailer, I’m not exactly in the creator’s core demographic. This was clearly made for teens, tweens, johnbaptisedme and pizappas. Probably still too scary for ChezJJP though. This is playing at the Pavilion.
30 Days of Night: If you see a movie for Halloween in theaters this year, I would skip Saw and see this one. It’s my pick of the week. Vampires take over an Alaskan town for a month. Why? Because there’s no sunlight! Okay, while the plot isn’t the greatest thing in the world, it’s based on a fantastic graphic novel by Steve Niles. The director is also the same guy who did Hard Candy (David Slade). Based on the incredible cinematography and style in that film, he is the perfect director to bring Ben Templesmith’s incredible art work to life.
Rendition: Meryl Streep stars in one of her two political dramas coming out this month. Next week is Lions to Lambs, which looks like it is going to be a Robert Redford preach-fest. This one is about an Egyptian man who is captured and tortured under suspicion of terrorist activity. Reese Witherspoon plays his wife, and Jake Gylenhaal plays a CIA analyst with a conscience. This is already getting mixed reviews, but like every movie that stars Meryl Streep, it is also supposed to be the best movie in history, ever. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street.
Gone Baby Gone: When I saw the trailer for this, I thought to myself “Gee, this looks a lot like Mystic River.” Turns out it is an adaptation of a Dennis Lehane book, and he also wrote Mystic River. So chances are, if you liked Mystic River, you’ll like this too. The differences? This is about a little girl who goes missing, not a boy. And this is directed by Ben Affleck and not Clint Eastwood. And…um…Kevin Bacon isn’t in it. At least I don’t think he is. Fine, he probably is. This is playing at Cobble Hill Cinemas.
Reservation Road: Mark Ruffalo plays a guy who runs over Joaquin Phoenix’s kid and then drives off. Joaquin goes a bit crazy (which we all know he’s good at doing) and ends up going head to head with Ruffalo. The film co-stars Jennifer Connelly and lots of sweeping dramatic music. This is playing at the Sunshine.
O Jerusalem: Two friends, an Arab American and a Jewish American, struggle in the fight for Jerusalem and the creation of the State of Israel. So far, this isn’t doing too well. The New York Times slammed it. It’s playing at the Village East Cinemas.
Wristcutters: A Love Story: Skeptic founder johnbaptisedme apparently saw a screening of this while in California and was not too impressed. Patrick Fugit stars as a kid who commits suicide and goes to a sort of Limbo for all suicide victims. While there he meets Shannyn Sossamon (Angelina Jolie Jr.). They have a quirky love affair while he also searches for his ex-girlfriend from Earth, who has also committed suicide. I still want to see it, mostly because Will Arnett is in it and as bearclaw once put it, I’m a “Gob whore.” This is playing at Union Square.
Nightmare Before Christmas in Digital 3D: I saw this last year and will most likely see it again. Tim Burton’s classic tale comes to brilliant 3D. It’s fun. This is playing at the Pavilion, or midnight screenings start tonight at Union Square.