Opening This Week (21 – 27 Feb, 2011)

22 Feb

The cinematic drolls of February continue this week with what looks like a bunch of weak releases, and one that reunites Nicolas Cage with his worst type of role…action hero. With those ominous words let’s see what else is on the docket:

Hall Pass

Rated: R

Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Appelgate

Director: The Farrelly Brothers

Synopsis from IMDB: A married man is granted the opportunity to have an affair by his wife. Joined in the fun by his best pal, things get a little out of control when both wives start engaging in extramarital activities as well.


Chris’ Take: While the Farrelly Brothers achieved great success with There’s Something About Mary and, to me, have a classic comedy with Dumb and Dumber, all of their other comedic efforts such as Shallow Hal, The Heartbreak Kid, Stuck On You and Fever Pitch were all mediocre at best. Seeing that their last good comedy was over ten years ago, I don’t have a whole lot of confidence in this one, even though I think that Jason Sudeikis is an underrated comedian.

Drive Angry 3D

Rated: R

Starring: Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner, Amber Heard, Billy Burke

Director: Patrick Lussier

Synopsis from IMDB: A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.


Chris’ Take: Nicolas Cage already plagued the screen earlier this year in an action film, Season of the Witch, and here he is to violate our eyes and ears again. The premise for the film is rather flimsy, but it does have hints of the exploitation films of the 1970’s. RottenTomatoes has it at 63%, which is really surprising since Cage’s recent Tomatometer scores have been between 6% and 40%, but it is also early in the week, so I expect that to go down. To make matters worse, it is in 3D, so essentially whoever watches this will be paying twice as much to be more disappointed.

Limited Releases


Rated: R

Starring: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Myers, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Conroy

Director: Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein

Synopsis from IMDB: A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient’s multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what’s happening before her time is finished.


Chris’ Take: For every The Kids are All Right, Julianne Moore has her The Forgotten. This one looks like she is returning to the latter rather than the former. While I did like Identity, I was hoping that the writer, Michael Cooney, would branch out a bit more because he has a lot of promise. Hopefully, this is still a fresh take on the schizophrenic thriller.




2 Responses to “Opening This Week (21 – 27 Feb, 2011)”

  1. 2blu2btru February 23, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Ugh, what a slow weekend! I think I need to renew my love fest with Netflix this weekend. The Oscar nominees are mostly out on video now, right?

  2. Chris Petersen February 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    I think so, Black Swan, The King’s Speech and 127 Hours aren’t.

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