Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Releases - Week of November 12th

Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Noah Emmerich,
Liraz Charchi & Nicholas Sadler
Directed by Doug Liman for distribution by Summit Entertainment


The Plot:  The true story behind how CIA agent Valerie Plame (Watts) was exposed to the public as pay back for a controversial opinion piece written by her husband (Penn).
The Final Word: When Plame’s cover was blown it ignited a political firestorm among reporters that still is being talked about. While the full story may never be told, the movie should cover all of the key points that many believe to be the truth. Although despite a strong pedigree, both in front and behind the camera, the early buzz is the movie could be left out in the cold come the Oscar season.

Starring: Rachael McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton,
Patrick Wilson & Jeff Goldblum
Directed by Roger Michell for distribution by Paramount Pictures

The Plot: A hotshot producer (McAdams) is recruited to re-invent a struggling television morning show.
The Final Word: McAdams is another actress who has seemingly gone off the grid since she burst onto the scene in 2004. After making a splash in five high-profile films over a two-year period, she has seriously reduced her workload in recent years. Here she teams with Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, two actors also looking for their first successful film in a very long time.

Starring: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson & Brittany Daniel
Directed by Greg Strause and Colin Strause for distribution by Universal

The Plot: A group of people team up to combat a series of mysterious lights in the night sky, that causes people to vanish in mid-air.
The Final Word: Universal is banking on this disaster/alien invasion film to boost the year end profits for the studio and possibly morph into a new franchise. Without a major A-list actor and amid a crowded box office, I’m not optimistic for its chances.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson & Kevin Chapman
Directed by Tony Scott for distribution by 20th Century Fox

The Plot: An engineer and his conductor must derail an unmanned runaway rail car headed right for the center of busy city.
The Final Word: It seems like every November; Denzel Washington has a new entry to the holiday box office. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don’t. I’m honestly still on the fence with this one.  In its favor is action maven Tony Scott at the helm and Chris Pine’s co-starring in his first high profile film since “Star Trek.” On second thought, that could be enough.

Previewed next week:  Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and The Next Three Days