Opening This Week (Nov 1 – 7, 2010)

1 Nov

We are finally out of October. While there were several good movies to come out, namely The Social Network and Buried, I was getting kind of tired of all the horror films coming out and am glad to finally move into a promising November. Here are the films that are coming out this week:

Due Date 

Rated: R

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan

Director: Todd Phillips

Synopsis from IMDB High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: I am always hesitant when it comes to Todd Phillips. He has some great comedies (Old School, The Hangover), but he has released some duds as well. I think, from the previews, this looks funny and that Galifianakis and Downey Jr. will have a great chemistry, but my prediction is that the funniest parts were in the previews. Still, it might be worth a look.

Megamind

Rated: PG

Starring: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill

Director: Tom McGrath, Cameron Hood, Kyle Jefferson

Synopsis from IMDB:  The supervillain Megamind finally conquers his nemesis, the hero Metro Man… but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: Some of the best films of the year have been animated and it looks like this one will continue the trend. Also, with Ferrell, Pitt, and Fey involved, I think it will add some more adult-oriented humor to this otherwise childish plot.

For Colored Girls

Rated: R

Starring: Janet Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy

Director: Tyler Perry

Synopsis from IMDB: Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: This looks like a very artistic film, with an interesting premise, but I personally have no interest in watching this. I have seen some of Tyler Perry’s work and while it is not without merit, is not necessarily for me.

Limited Releases

127 Hours #1 Recommended Film for this Weekend

Rated: R

Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn

Director: Danny Boyle

Synopsis from IMDB:  A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: Danny Boyle is becoming one of my favorite directors. He has a very visceral style with an ability to weave heavy emotions into almost every situation. This film has been getting great early reviews and is apparently very graphic, which fits the true story. I think this is going to end up not being a limited release due to the amount of attention it is getting, so take a look at a theater near you.

Fair Game

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell, Sam Shepard

Director: Doug Liman

Synopsis from IMDB: Plame’s status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: I think this will be a good film if you are in the mood for a political drama. I expect that it will feature great acting and a solid script, but is probably best viewed on DVD. I am sure Hollywood is going to gobble this topical film up during awards season as well.

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