Mr. Jolie stars in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The wide releases this week are pretty bad so let’s start off with four limited releases that are opening wider this weekend. Read last week’s forecast if you’ve forgotten what they’re all about:
- Eastern Promises. Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen. Directed by David Cronenberg. Good one. Check it out.
- Across the Universe. Evan Rachel Wood and Beatles covers. Directed by Julie Taymor.
- In the Valley of Elah. Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Paul Haggis.
- In the Shadow of the Moon. Documentary about the Apollo space program.
Premiering in wide release this weekend:
- Good Luck Chuck. Dane Cook is cursed and every woman he sleeps with ends up marrying the next guy she dates after him and see it’s super funny because he meets Jessica Alba and she’s so hot but he can’t sleep with her because…ok, ok, no. When they’re selling this movie for $5 next to the gum and tabloids at the supermarket, I still won’t buy it.
- Resident Evil: Extinction. If you saw the first two, then I’m guessing this is self-explanatory. If you didn’t, then I’m guessing you’re not about to start now. Either way, my job here is done.
- Sydney White. Think Snow White and the Seven Dorks vs. The Evil Blonde Sorority Sisters with a little Revenge of the Nerds tossed in. Rated PG-13 for your comfort and safety. Amanda Bynes appears to have potential as a light comedian and maybe one day she’ll star in a movie that isn’t aimed at 13-year-old girls to prove it. Was she any good in Hairspray? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
In limited release:
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Brad Pitt is the outlaw and Casey Affleck is the coward. That’s all you really need to know, right? If I made a pick of the week, this would be it.
- Into the Wild. Sean Penn directs this true story of Christopher McCandless who graduated from college, then got rid of his possession, gave away his money and set off hitchhiking across the United States with the eventual goal of living for a time in the wilds of Alaska. Good stuff. Check it out.
- The Jane Austen Book Club. Romantic drama with a solid ensemble cast of women. Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Maggie Grace and Lynn Redgrave realize their lives seem to be echoing the Jane Austen stories they gather to discuss. Robin Swicord, screenwriter of Little Women (1994), Matilda and Memoirs of a Geisha is the first-time director.
- The Last Winter. The ecologically themed horror story from Larry Fessenden (Wendigo) hits theaters. Global Warming meets The Thing for an oil company advance team prepping a driling site in Alaska’s fragile Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You can read my little blurb from LAFF here. I’m probably a little less enthusiastic about it now than I was then, however.