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In Theaters This Weekend: Holiday movie season FINALLY arrives!

17 Dec

We’ve been waiting patiently all November and December for the studios to start releasing their big holiday movie season blockbusters and Oscar hopefuls, and after what seems like an eternity of stringing us along with one big movie a week (or none at all), it’s finally here, and a hotly anticipated sequel is leading the pack.

TRON: Legacy, the follow-up to 1982’s underachiever-turned-cult-hit TRON, is blazing a light-bike trail into theaters, and the video game based movie is expected to rake it in this Christmas season. Riding high on nostalgia, when this sequel was announced, all the fan-boy sites lit up with excitement, and the finished product looks pretty sharp, looking like they actually got a budget for special effects this time, and rolling out in 3D, no less. Starring Garrett Hedlund and the stunning Olivia Wilde, with Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitnner reprising their roles, the only way this movie is going to suck is if they load up on CGI and nostalgia, and completely forget to write an interesting script, which surprisingly happens more often than you think…

The Fighter opens this weekend as well, and it’s making a strong case for Oscar contention. The true story of Boston boxer Micky Ward (played by Boston actor Mark Wahlberg), and his junkie brother and former boxer himself (played by Christian Bale), is the centerpiece here, and it’s the struggle between knowing when to fight for your family, and when to fight for yourself that’s going to carry this one into Oscar season. Now don’t get us wrong – if you think you’re going to see any acting better than Christian Bale this year, you’re wrong; he’s going to run away with this one. But the movie as a whole just doesn’t strike us as the same caliber as a Rocky or Raging Bull. Bale is a heavyweight here, but the rest of this movie should just throw in the towel.

Also opening up is something for the date-night set, and on paper, this looks great. Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson, in a James L. Brooks romantic comedy that deals with a couple sticky situations? Perfect, right? But then you actually take a look at the movie, How Do You Know, and ‘sticky’ becomes the best adjective you can find. Wilson, a professional baseball player, and Witherspoon, a former softball player, live together until she finally has it with his fear of commitment. Old friend Paul Rudd just so happens to be around when she walks out and tries to capitalize on her newly single status, but oh wait, didn’t you forget you were in the middle of a federal indictment that your dad Jack Nicholson keeps trying to tell you about but you keep running away so you don’t have to hear it? Doesn’t really make you seem like boyfriend material. This movie could be an easy way to kill a couple of hours and make your girlfriend happy, but all in all it can’t possibly stack up to the sum of its parts.

And last, and certainly most least, is Yogi Bear the movie, a mix of live action and 3D animation that is sure to provide the worst jokes and most groan-worthy moments of 2010. With Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi, an unrecognizable Justin Timberlake as the voice of Boo Boo, and Tom Cavanaugh as a completely neutered Ranger Smith, none of the talents are used to their best potential. Cavanaugh can’t display his edgy wit, Timberlake’s voice is so manipulated that he might as well not even be in the movie, and let’s face it, Aykroyd hasn’t been funny since the first Ghostbusters. If you have kids, I can’t fault you for going to see this if they’re begging you, but for God’s sake, if you actually check this out on your own, you need to get your head checked.

In limited release: Casino Jack, the Jack Abramoff story starring Kevin Spacey as the sleazeball lobbyist is hitting select markets this weekend, and so is Rabbit Hole, based off a play about a marriage turned upside down after the death of a child, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

Whew, that’s a lot of movies. At least you know that now the studios are serious about the holiday season. Can’t wait to see what’s next…

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In Theaters This Weekend: First week of December fails to provide any of that holiday cheer

3 Dec

Normally every year around this time, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hollywood is in the spirit of giving, as it’s like having the Fourth of July in December, with big blockbusters coming out every weekend, and the studios cramming in all their Oscar hopefuls right before the end of the year……normally that’s the way it happens. But this year started early, with the latest ‘Harry Potter’ outing coming a full week before Thanksgiving, and the big Christmas blockbusters like TRON: Legacy, Little Fockers, and (ugh) the CGI Yogi Bear voiced by Dan Aykroyd, still waiting in the wings. It leads you to wonder why the studios are holding onto the big films, and what they could possibly have for us this weekend. If you’re worried that it’s not much, your fears have been realized, as only one major release is hitting theaters this Friday, and it’s not much to look at…

300 meets samurais meets the old west

The Warrior’s Way, a 300-style samurai movie set in the Old West, that blends swords and stealth with Winchesters and Gatling guns. A warrior is sent to kill off a rival clan, but after he refuses to kill an innocent little baby, he goes into exile, in a Tombstone-like frontier town, where he is eventually tracked down by a whole slew of black-clad ninjas, and has to fight them all off with the handful of townspeople that have come to befriend the sensitive samurai. Yes, that is the premise, and yes I would’ve immediately written this off, had it not been for Geoffrey Rush and Kate Bosworth. This could easily be a good old-fashioned cash grab, but Oscar-winner Rush never lets us down, and you’d think Bosworth is at a point in her career where she can pick and choose scripts. But this one, with the painted backgrounds and “one vs. one hundred” impossible odds, is going to be tough to swallow, especially when we start seeing samurais blocking bullets with their swords, which is invariably, irrevocably bound to happen.

Now, if you’re lucky enough to live in one of those cosmopolitan cities that get movies out in limited release, check out Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky’s new film about the backstabbing world of big-time ballet. Don’t write this one off just yet though, as Aronofsky weaves a tale of paranoia and the human psyche, and don’t forget Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis bring great performances….plus they make out. But if girl-on-girl action isn’t your thing, check out our Will It Suck? pick of the week in I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey as a con man that finds love in prison in the form of Ewan McGregor. A comic romp, Carrey covers new ground going gay, and has never been funnier. And after a string of misses (Yes Man, The Number 23, Fun with Dick and Jane), this is just what the rubber-faced comedian needs to breathe new life into his career.

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