Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fall Flicks I Want to See!

The good thing about having your own movie review blog is that you don’t have to review anything you don’t want to review. Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly published a list of 25 movies they are looking forward to. I was able to whittle that list to down around 10.

The Town
Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm
September 17
A charming Boston-area troublemaker has to choose between a dead-end life with guys from his hood and a brighter future with his polished new girlfriend. It's just like Good Will Hunting — except that Ben Affleck's troublemaker, Doug, isn't a math whiz but a masked bank robber, and his love interest isn't a Harvard coed but the victimized bank manager (Rebecca Hall) who might be able to identify him and his crew to a federal agent (Jon Hamm).
Why I Want to See It: The buzz on this is great and all signs point to Ben Affleck emerging as a pretty good director. I liked what he did with Gone Baby Gone and I’m curious to see what he does with this.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin
September 24
The sequel to Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning 1987 hit Wall Street begins in 2001, when Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) is released from federal prison with a business suit, an antiquated cell phone, and not a soul to greet him. Gekko is now a financial writer, on a press tour to promote his first tome, Is Greed Good?, and trying in vain to build a friendly relationship with his daughter (Carey Mulligan). She, in turn, is dating a whippersnapper trader (Shia LaBeouf) struggling to survive in a sinking economy.
Why I Want to See It: I’ve never fully appreciated the allure of Shia LeBeouf. However, I was a fan of the original and I’m curious to see how a sequel done 20 years after the original fares.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds
September 24
Ryan Reynolds plays a U.S. truck driver in Iraq who finds himself trapped inside a coffin with only a cell phone and a lighter. He was wary at first about a movie shot entirely in one sporadically lit box. ''We're in a coffin, for God's sake — 
for an entire film!'' he says with a laugh. But an impassioned 15-page letter from up-and-coming director Rodrigo Cortés changed his mind.
Why I Want to See It: Ryan Reynolds is definitely a cutie pie, but after a career of silly comedies (Van Wilder) and romantic comedies (The Proposal), the question remains, can he act? Well, he gets the chance to show his chops in a movie that is pretty much him trapped in a coffin for 90+ minutes.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren
October 15
In RED (which stands for "Retired and Extremely Dangerous"), Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Brian Cox play a team of retired covert agents who reassemble after the CIA tries to kill their leader, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis).
Why I Want to See It: Old (or at least older) people kickin’ ass with guns! Need I say more?

Due Date
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan 

November 15
Robert Downey Jr. plays Peter, a tightly wound businessman forced by bizarre circumstances to drive from Atlanta to L.A. with an eccentric and hugely irritating wannabe actor named Ethan (Zach Galifianakis).
Why I Want to See It: Downey + Galifianakis = Hilarious … or at least it better be!

Morning Glory
Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton
November 12
Rachel McAdams plays an up-and-coming producer charged with pulling the pathetic morning program Daybreak out of its last-place ratings rut.
 To do so, she persuades a respected former evening newsman (Harrison Ford) to assume the anchor chair beside the show's established lightweight host (Diane Keaton).
Why I Want to See It: I like seeing Harrison Ford doing lighter fare. He’s got great timing and he’s getting to old for the whole action-adventure thing (unless of course he’s kickin’ ass in Reds!)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson
November 12
Unstoppable is a race-against-time thriller about a runaway train loaded with toxic chemicals barreling toward a town. Out to stop this poisonous payload are a soon-to-be-laid-off engineer (Denzel Washington) and Captain Kirk himself, Chris Pine, as a young whippersnapper learning the rails.
Why I Want to See It: Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott are a pretty cool pair. Together they’ve done Man on Fire, Crimson Tide, Déjà vu and The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3. While the premise does remind me of Pelham, I’m willing to give it a shot.

Starring: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming 

November 24
Cher stars as Tess, a club owner coping with volatile leading lady Nikki (Kristen Bell) while mentoring newcomer Ali (Christina Aguilera, making her film debut) in this sequin-studded musical.
Why I Want to See It: C’mon, when is the last time you saw Cher in a movie?

Little Fockers
Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Barbra Streisand, Jessica Alba 

December 22
The latest Fockers installment again centers on a Focker family gathering: a birthday party for the 5-year-old twins of Greg (Ben Stiller) and his wife, Pam (Teri Polo). Greg is struggling with parenthood, while Robert De Niro's retired CIA agent wrestles with his own late-life crisis.
Why I Want to See It: Honestly, I really don’t know. Maybe because I saw the other two?

Gulliver's Travels
Starring: Jack Black, Jason Segel
December 22
This 3-D update of Jonathan Swift's classic novel stars Jack Black as a modern-day newspaper mailroom clerk who is assigned to write a travel piece on the Bermuda Triangle and winds up in the tiny-people land of Lilliput. ''He realizes he can reinvent himself — not only as a giant but also as a big shot,'' says Black. ''He can say that he wrote all these Beatles songs, and everyone believes him.''
Why I Want to See It: Because it was one of my favorite books as a teenager and I’m curious to see this ‘modern day’ take on such a beloved classic.

True Grit
Starring: Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Hailee Steinfeld
December 25
This brand-new adaptation of Charles Portis' great 1968 novel focuses on a drunken U.S. marshal named Reuben J. ''Rooster'' Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) who gets hired by a 14-year-old girl (relative newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) to find the man who shot and killed her father.
Why I Want to See It: What can I say, I am a Daddy’s girl, and Daddy raised me on westerns. I love a good one!

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