Opening This Week (10 Jun, 2011)

9 Jun

It might be hard topping last week’s big release, X-Men: First Class, but there is some competition this week, mainly from the master of summer cinema, Stephen Spielberg:

Super 8

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Joe Lamb

Director: J.J. Abrams

Synopsis from IMDB: After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: J.J. Abrams plus Stephen Spielberg means Cloverfield meets E.T..  I miss the coming of age films of the eighties and early nineties that I grew up watching and this seems to echo that, so I hope that it brings back the instilled sense of wonder that those films captured. The reviews so far have been positive (82% on RT), but most of them are saying that while it is entertaining, it is a little emotionally flat. I wasn’t really expecting J.J. Abrams to write or direct anything emotionally profound, just to tell a good story.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Rated: PG

Starring: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Parris Mosteller

Director: John Schultz

Synopsis from IMDB: Third-grader Judy Moody sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: You know those car commercials with that obnoxious kid who tells his parents that they need to spend $35,000 on a new car if they want to be cool? And because the parents apparently let the kid run their finances and need to be considered cool, they buy it? Yeah, it looks like a two hour version of that commercial, except the added travesty this time is that they drag Heather Graham into it; she deserves better. The 14% on RT right now doesn’t seem to indicate that I am wrong about this one.

Limited Releases

Trollhunter

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Otto Jesperson, Hans Morten Hansen, Johanna Morch

Director: Andre Ovredal

Synopsis from IMDB: A group of students investigate a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: Boasting that a film is “The Most Important Film of Our Time” in the trailer is a pretty bold statement, but it looked more sarcastic than anything. The film itself looks interesting, even though the documentary style horror film is getting way over-used right now. The reviews are positive (73% on RT) which bodes well. Pac also included this on his list of Most Anticipated Summer Movies, so we’ll probably try to track this one down.

The Trip

Rated: Unrated

Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Margo Stilley

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Synopsis from IMDB: When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country’s finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: The Trip was apparently a popular miniseries in England before becoming a feature film, and now the film has gained popularity while debuting at various film festivals. It really looks like Coogan and Brydon made an entire movie of them just hanging out, which looks enjoyable, but the trailer is kind of repetitive. I hope that they do more than just impressions in the film because that could get old. However, with the positive reviews (80% on RT), it looks like it could potentially be a sleeper comedy hit that would be worth watching on DVD….probably with a couple drinks.

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