Opening This Week (31 Jan – 06 Feb 2011)

31 Jan

Well, it is the start to another week and based on the reviews of last weekend’s The Rite, I apologize to anyone who took my recommendation for that and didn’t enjoy it. Pac and I haven’t seen it yet, but probably will bite the bullet tomorrow, just because it was on my 10 Most Anticipated list. But, if any of you saw it before we actually reviewed it, and hated it, my profuse apologies. Hopefully, we can let bygones be bygones and move forward with this week’s list.

The Roommate

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Alyson Michalka

Director: Christian E. Christiansen

Synopsis from IMDB: College student Sara finds her safety jeopardized after she’s assigned to a dorm room with a new roommate, Rebecca.


Chris’ Take: Pretty much every type of horror film has been done before, and the creepy stalker/friend genre is no different. This film will most likely provide cheap thrills, but nothing new or interesting.


Rated: R

Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson

Director: Alister Grierson

Synopsis from IMDB: An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.


Chris’ Take: With all the advertising calling this “James Cameron‘s” Sanctum, it might be easy to not realize that he is not directing this. However, he was heavily involved with the production, and used the same 3D technology from Avatar to make this cave-diving film. While I am sure this will be exciting and be a better 3D film than most, I think it will be short on depth and rely on stock characters to tell the story.

Frankie & Alice

Rated: R

Starring: Halle Berry, Alex Diakun, Joanne Baron, Brian Markinson

Director: Geoffrey Sax

Synopsis from IMDB: A drama centered on a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.

Chris’ Take: This film looks like a more dramatic twist on the concept from the Clayton Bigsby sketch on Chappelle’s Show. The early reviews have been rather scathing as well (14% on RT). I am sure Berry will turn in a good performance, but it looks like it will suffer from pacing and coherence and might be too ambitious for its own good.

Limited Releases

The Other Woman

Rated: R

Starring: Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, Scott Cohen, Charlie Tahan

Director: Huck Botko, Don Roos, Andrew Gurland

Synopsis from IMDB: A comedy/drama that details the story of a woman’s difficult relationship with her stepson.


Chris’ Take: I don’t know why this is listed as a comedy/drama; there doesn’t seem to be anything funny about it. The Other Woman premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, was shown on Italian television, and is now seeing theaters. Reviews for this film are lukewarm (56% on RT), so it sounds like it is hit or miss. Plus, if Natalie Portman is involved, it can’t be that bad.

Into Eternity

Starring: Timo Aikas, Carl Reinhold Brakenhjelm, Mikael Jensen

Director: Michael Madsen

Synopsis from IMDB: A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage.


Chris’ Take: Michael Madsen directing a documentary? I did not see that coming. It looks like it will be a darkly humorous look at the future of nuclear waste disposal and surprisingly features some great camerawork. I might get this if it comes out on Netflix soon.


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