Saturday, October 2, 2010

New Releases - Week of October 8th

Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks & Jean Smart
Directed by Greg Berlanti for distribution by Warner Brothers

The Plot: After a terrible first date, a caterer (Heigl) and a network sports director (Duhamel) find themselves thrust back into each other lives, when their best friends are killed in a car accident and leave the pair their infant daughter to raise.
The Final Word: At first glance this seems like just another romantic comedy (albeit a dramatic one to start), but actually Warner Brothers has inadvertently set the stage for two of Hollywood’s “it” performers to prove themselves in the face of mounting criticism. Heigl, still smarting from the backlash surrounding her departure from “Grey’s Anatomy” has yet to prove she can consistently carry a movie by herself and Duhamel has yet to live up the movie star hype that once ran rampant in studio boardrooms.  Both could really use a big hit to boost their credibility and with TV producer Greg Berlanti (“Everwood,” “Brothers and Sisters”) stepping into the director’s chair, they have reason to be optimistic.

Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker & James Cromwell
Directed by Randall Wallace for distribution by Walt Disney Pictures

The Plot: The true story of a how a woman (Lane) successfully took on a the male-dominated world of horse racing and ended up championing a Triple-Crown winning legend.
The Final Word: Disney has always been known for two things; animation and inspiring sports stories.  “Secretariat” boasts an all-star cast and a amazing story that seems to be gunning for the same success Universal had in 2003 with “Seabiscuit”

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jose Maria Yazpik, Samantha Mathis & Stephen Tobolowsky.
Directed by Rodrigo Cortes for distribution by Lionsgate

The Plot: A man (Reynolds) wakes up buried alive six feet underground with no memory of how he came into the situation. Left with just a cell phone, a lighter and a fleeting amount of oxygen, he has just 90 minutes to find a way to survive.
The Final Word:  The thought of being buried alive has long frightened the viewing public and this movie is going to take it to a whole new level.  Ryan Reynolds in this, his last film before his turn as “Green Lantern,” is quickly becoming a very bankable star and should only continue to see his stock rise especially among critics. Lionsgate has put together what looks like a very creepy yet intriguing thriller that should play well in limited release before expanding nationally in October.

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich & Francis Conroy
Directed by John Curran for distribution by Overture Films


The Plot: A retiring parole officer (DeNiro) enters into a dangerous cat and mouse game with a convicted murderer (Norton) eligible for probation.
The Final Word: The last time DeNiro and Norton teamed up was 2001’s “The Score” and while it did okay at the box office, nobody was overly raving about it. Now the pair (who do have great on-screen chemistry) reteam in a psychological thriller that could equal the buzz of “The Score,” but hopefully have a better result.

Starring: Max Thieriot, Emily Meade, Frank Grillo & Denzel Whitaker
Directed by Wes Craven for distribution by Rogue

The Plot: A serial killer returns to his hometown to seek vengeance by murdering seven children who all were born on the day he was supposed killed.
The Final Word: When horror legend Wes Craven is directing a 3D horror film in October, you don’t necessarily need a high profile cast, although in this case it would probably help, considering the crowded release date it was given.

Previewed next week: Conviction, Jackass 3-D, Red