THE COMPANY MEN
Starring: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones,
Rosemarie DeWitt, Maria Bello & Craig T. Nelson
Directed by John Wells for distribution by The Weinstein Company
The Plot: Three business men find themselves suddenly downsized and forced to do something different than what they’ve always known.
The Final Word: The culture of corporate America has undoubtedly changed over the last few years and the extremely talented John Wells is ready to bring that story to the silver screen using some of Hollywood’s most talented actors. This has Oscar-bait written all over it, which should come as no surprise with the Weinstein Brothers behind it. Although the movie has been largely shut out of all early awards and has only ran in a few select NYC/LA theatres, which has placed it very much below the radar.
NO STRINGS ATTACHED
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig,
Lake Bell & Cary Elwes
Directed by Ivan Reitman for distribution by Paramount Pictures
The Plot: Two friends (Kutcher, Portman) try to have a relationship based solely on sex, but despite how much they fight it, they begin to develop feelings for each other.
The Final Word: Natalie Portman is experiencing a huge career resurgence as of late between this, “Black Swan,” and the upcoming “Your Highness” and “Thor.” Meanwhile her co-star is trying to find a movie that he can successfully headline, which he hasn’t been able to do in a while. Although with veteran director Ivan Reitman at the helm, both seem like they are in the right hands. Paramount is also trying to get a jump on Sony which has the similarly themed “Friends With Benefits” coming out in July, ironically starring Portman's "Black Swan" co-star Mila Kunis.
Previewed next week "The Mechanic" & "The Rite."