Saturday, January 8, 2011

New In Theaters - January 14th, 2011

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder,
Channing Tatum & Queen Latifah
 Directed by Ron Howard for distribution by Universal Pictures

The Plot: After a auto designer (Vaughn) sees what he thinks is his best friend’s wife (Ryder) out with another man, he must decide whether or not to say anything.

The Final Word: With an all-star cast and the powerhouse team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer at the helm, this must have looked like an easy project for Universal to greenlight, but looks can be deceiving.  Believe it or not, Vaughn’s last real hit was 2005’s “Wedding Crashers” and a January release date for a comedy with this many A- listers raises a red flag.  You also have to take into account the controversy the first trailer raised with members of the gay community who are already threatening to boycott. 

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christopher Waltz,
Edward James Olmos, David Harbour & Tom Wilkinson
 Directed by Michel Gondry for distribution by Columbia Pictures (Sony)

The Plot: Following the mysterious death of his father (Wilkinson), a playboy (Rogen) formally content to coast through life, becomes a crime-fighting vigilante known as “The Green Hornet.”

The Final Word: Based on the long-running radio/TV/comic strip of the same name, the movie puts Hollywood comedian Seth Rogen in the role of newspaper heir Britt Reid. Yes Sony is making Seth Rogen a superhero and yes they are doing it in 3D. The studio is putting all of its fire power behind the  movie in hopes of not only launching a new franchise but the first blockbuster of the 2011 season.  Funny part is that I think this actually may work.

Previewed next week: "The Company Men" & "No Strings Attached."