Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston,
Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac & Albert Brooks
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn for distribution by FilmDistrict
The Plot: A Hollywood stuntman (Gosling), who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals, finds his life and the lives of his neighbor (Mulligan) and her daughter in danger when he botches his latest job.
The Final Word: Eventually both Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan will find the same breakout popularity their co-stars have found in their careers, but some reason it’s taken longer than many people have thought. “Drive” could go a long way in helping boost their popularity as FilmDistrict has slowly made its mark on the Hollywood radar. It could also emerge as a surprise Oscar contender.
I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn,
Seth Meyers, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks & Jane Curtin
Directed by Douglas McGrath for distribution by The Weinstein Company
The Plot: A workaholic finance executive (Parker) and family breadwinner finds her schedule getting even more hectic when she’s given new client (Brosnan) to whom she finds herself attracted.
The Final Word: Based on the novel by one-time Daily Mail writer Allison Pearson, the movie could do a lot to repair the damage “Sex & The City 2” did to Parker’s career. With an “A” list cast backing her and no direct competitors, the movie could prove to be a modest success and possibly put Parker in the conversation for Hollywood annual awards season.
Starring: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard,
Dominic Purcell, Laz Alonso, Willa Holland & James Woods
Directed by Rod Lurie for distribution by Screen Gems (Sony)
The Plot: A Hollywood screenwriter (Marsden) and his wife (Bosworth) return to her hometown following the death of her father, only to find themselves embroiled in a deadly conflict with her ex-boy (Skarsgard) and his gang of thugs.
The Final Word: Based on the 1971 Dustin Hoffman movie of the same name, the remake puts Marsadan in the title role of a man pushed to his breaking point when bullies target him and his wife. With Skarsgard’s “True Blood” popularity at an all-time high and a strong supporting cast, Screen Gems could see a strong showing for “Dogs,” but only is audiences aren’t turned away by the extremely violent final act.
Previewed next week: Abduction, Dolphin Tale, Killer Elite, Moneyball