Opening This Week (Dec 13 – 19, 2010)

14 Dec

It’s a big week for movie geeks with the impending release of Tron: Legacy this Friday, but there are a couple of other wide releases as well. Here’s what we got:

Tron: Legacy

Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Synopsis from IMDB: Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 20 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: I have been mildly looking forward to this film because of the highly touted visual effects, but I think it will be lacking in other regards. Based on early reviews, that assessment lines up with most other critics as well. It will still probably be the best bet for an enjoyable film experience this weekend, unless you venture into an independent theater.

How Do You Know

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson

Director: James L. Brooks

Synopsis from IMDB: Feeling a bit past her prime at 27, former athlete Lisa Jorgenson finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with Lisa’s current, baseball-playing beau.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: While I like all the main actors, especially Reese Witherspoon, this film looks like it will be a stale take on relationships. It will probably contain a few scattered laughs, mainly from Paul Rudd, since Owen Wilson’s brand of comedy is a bit worn out, but will not produce anything more than that. What is Jack Nicholson doing in this movie?

Yogi Bear

Starring: Dan Akroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanaugh

Director: Eric Brevig

Synopsis from IMDB: A documentary filmmaker travels to Jellystone Park to shoot a project and soon crosses paths with Yogi Bear, his sidekick Boo-Boo, and Ranger Smith.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: I was really wondering how this film came to light, but then I remembered Marmaduke. If they can make that, I should have seen this coming. I really wonder what the appeal of this film is other than nostalgia. However, when I went to see Megamind with my family over Thanksgiving, my parents were laughing at the ludicrous trailer for this film and seemed to think it was humorous. So, I suppose if you’re old enough to remember the show, it might be worth checking out.

Limited Releases

Rabbit Hole

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Sandra Oh, Dianne Wiest

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Synopsis from IMDB: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. Based on a play by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: There has been a fair amount of Oscar  buzz about this film, especially about the performances by Kidman and Eckhart. The early reviews have been stellar, and if you can get to an independent theater, this will probably be the best film to see this weekend.

And Soon the Darkness

Starring: Amber Heard, Odette Yustman, Karl Urban

Director: Marcos Efron

Synopsis from IMDB: When two American girls on a bike trip in a remote part of Argentina split up and one of them goes missing, the other must find her before her worst fears are realized.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: I don’t know what to think about this, but it seems to be a typical tourists getting captured suspense film, hoping that the strengths (i.e. attractiveness) of its leading ladies will be enough to distract people from the plot holes.

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