The Kingdom (2007)
It’s Thursday so this must be another Weekend Forecast. In my humble opinion, unless you live in New York, there isn’t much new to see here.
New in wide release:
- The Kingdom. Americans investigating a bombing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Seems to be a slick action thriller with terrorists, the Bad Guys du Jour. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper star. Directed by Peter Berg.
- Feast of Love. Robert Benton’s Portland based romantic fantasy with a great ensemble cast isn’t doing so well with critics so far. It still looks like the most interesting of a fairly week crop to me.
- The Game Plan. If Dwayne Johnson keeps making crappy movies like this, he’s going to have to change his nickname to “The Suck”. Ok, I admit I haven’t seen it. It could be the Best Movie Ever. Right. If it pulls over 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, I’ll eat a bug. Yeah, I should probably check before I say stuff like that….ok good, so far it’s 38%, but not many reviews in (as of 9/27). Damn you Joe Leydon! If this thing goes over 40, you’ll be getting an angrily worded email from yours truly. I shit you not.
In limited release:
- Great World of Sound. I first mentioned this one a few weeks back. It’s finally made its way to LA so pardon my cut and paste: Oddly interesting looking indie tragicomedy about two aspiring music producers who have just been trained by a record company and then sent out into the world to find new talent who will then pay fees as part of their recording contracts. All seems well until it begins to appear the record company isn’t being exactly honest.
- Trade. A 13-year-old girl is kidnapped into sex slavery by Mexican sex traffickers. Texas cop Kevin Kline investigates. Craig gets the willies.
And for you lucky jerks in New York:
- The Darjeeling Limited. Wes Anderson’s latest opens on Saturday. Watch the 13 minute The Hotel Chevalier (supposedly Part 1 of The Darjeeling Limited) for free from iTunes right now. Starring Jason Schwartzman’s mustache and Natalie Portman’s bum.
- Lust, Caution. Ang Lee’s erotic espionage thriller.
- In the Valley of Elah. Don’t fear the Haggis. Check it out especially if you like Tommy Lee Jones.
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Still in only a handful of theaters, but apparently expanding a little next weekend.