Opening This Week (20 – 26 September)

20 Sep

The fall movie season continues, but this week doesn’t look as promising as last week for new releases. Here’s what’s coming out this week:

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Rated PG-13

Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Frank Langella, Carey Mulligan

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Synopsis from IMDB: As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor.

Chris’ Take: Who the heck asked for this sequel anyway? It might be good with Oliver Stone directing, but this seems like another pointless sequel.

You Again

Rated PG

Starring: Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Betty White

Directed by: Andy Fickman

Synopsis from IMDB: When a young woman realizes her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose the fiancée’s true colors.

Chris’ Take:  I’ll be skipping this one. While it has a strong female cast, it looks like it will be an estrogen fueled take on Mr. Woodcock.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Rated PG

Starring: Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Synopsis from IMDB:  Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie’s, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga’Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie’s. The film is based on the first three books in the series.

Chris’ Take: Um…what? I saw the preview for this in the theater and it pretty much told the whole story in the preview and I was not impressed. Maybe it assumed that everyone has read the book and therefore it doesn’t need to hide anything in the preview. Well,  I still have yet to meet anyone who has a) read the book or b) heard of the book in the first place. Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) directs so it is sure to be visually stunning. However, if I do watch this I will see what the reviews say and even if they are good, will most likely wait for DVD (and even then it will probably be at the bottom of my Netflix queue for a while).

Buried (Limited Theaters)

Rated R

Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Directed by: Rodrigo Cortes

Synopsis from IMDB: Paul is a U.S. contractor working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Chris’ Take: My #1 Recommendation for this Weekend if you can get to a limited theater!!!! This film garnered a lot of buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival and with the interesting and claustrophobic concept it is sure to be one of the most original films of the year.

Waiting for Superman

Rated PG

Documentary

Directed by: Davis Guggenheim

Synopsis from IMDB: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.

Chris’ Take: This looks like an artful and tragic look at our country’s education system. I’ll most likely wait for DVD for this one though.

What films are you thinking about seeing this week?

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