Opening This Week (07 – 13 Mar, 2011)

8 Mar

We have a lot of new releases coming out this week. While some might be worth checking out, others are laughable, but all in all it is still better than just about any offering that February had. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got:

Red Riding Hood

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Synopsis from IMDB: Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure.


Chris’ Take: This is the second emo-adaptation of a fairy tale this year, the first being the critically panned Beastly. As soon as I saw “From the Director of Twilight….” roll across the screen, I groaned. So did just about everyone in the audience when we saw the trailer. While I could be wrong, since Gary Oldman always brings some spark to the screen, chances are it will be more about sacrificing everything for the love of some creepy hunk instead of taking a more reasonable approach to love. Great stuff for the teenage girls, not so much for the adults.

Battle: Los Angeles

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridgette Moynahan

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Synopsis from IMDB: A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.


Chris’ Take: My anticipation around this one is all about the trailer, mainly the hauntingly robotic soundtrack that seems to set a different tone than other invasion films.

Marvin went uncredited for vocals in that song.

The director, Jonathan Liebesman, is kind of sketchy.  Maybe he is finally able to pick his projects, but Darkness Falls was pretty awful. He is taking on quite a conglomeration of genres. Here is a breakdown that I found on Filmschoolrejects

I love invasion movies, they have always excited me despite their triteness. So, Pac and I will probably check this one out this weekend.

Mars Needs Moms

Rated: PG

Starring: Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois

Director: Simon Wells

Synopsis from IMDB: A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away.


Chris’ Take: I suppose I can’t be too hard on this film, even though it looks like one of the worst ideas for an animated adventure in a while.

Oh wait...maybe it hasn't been that long.

Since it is for kids, I think it will probably be harmless fare.

Jane Eyre

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench

Director: Cary Fukunaga

Synopsis from IMDB: A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret.


Chris’ Take: Well, the cast is good and Focus Feature bats around a .750 for decent films, so it has that going for it. I was enjoying the trailer hinting at a new approach to the novel, but could not help but chuckle as Michael Fassbender shouts after Jane at the end. It seemed rather melodramatic and I hope that was not indicative of the film as a whole.

Limited Releases

Elektra Luxx

Rated: R

Starring: Carla Gugino, Alicia Silverstone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez

Synopsis from IMDB: Life for porn actress Elektra Luxx gets turned upside down when she finds out she’s pregnant.


Chris’ Take: It looks like a mix between the familial bonds of the adult film industry, as seen in Boogie Nights, and the Kevin Smith style humor from Zach and Miri Make a Porno. I think it has the potential to be a decent, humorous, and somewhat insightful film.

Black Death

Rated: R

Starring: Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, David Warner, Carnice van Houten

Director: Christopher Smith

Synopsis from IMDB: Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.


Chris’ Take: I kept waiting for Nic Cage to show up for some reason. Maybe because this looks like Season of the Witch, but with a much better cast and there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of distracting special effects. I think Sean Bean feels most comfortable when dressed in medieval attire, but I am on the fence about whether or not I think this will be good.

Kill the Irishman

Rated: R

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D’Onofrio

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

Synopsis from IMDB: The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970’s.


Chris’ Take: I hope this finally brings around another good crime thriller; it’s been a little while. I think Ray Stevenson is a great actor for this role and I think the ensemble cast is promising. I think I would be even more excited if the trailer had a decade appropriate soundtrack.


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