Rise of the Guardians
The latest film from Dreamworks Animation Studio, Rise of the Guardians stars the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Jude Law, and Hugh Jackman as ‘The Immortal Guardians’, the band of holiday heroes that team up to protect children worldwide against the evil spirit Pitch (Jude Law), who wants to ruin their innocence. A 3D animated film, this one is primed to carry into the holidays, but it has some stiff competition across the board, with a wide variety of programming playing in every theater, including Disney‘s Wreck-It Ralph, which is still playing strong, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 still capturing huge audiences, with Skyfall playing for the older set. Despite the competition, this one will probably open strong over the long holiday weekend, but only time will tell.
Life of Pie
The latest film by Ang Lee, The Life of Pi is the 3D visual kaleidoscope adaptation of the hit novel by Yann Martel. The film looks visually appealing, but the story seems lackluster, which is something that Jeremy’s review seemed to hit upon as a general theme. It looks like something I’ll wait for on Blu Ray, but I’m curious to see how well it does in theaters.
The long delayed remake of the 1984 cult classic hysteria film, FilmDistrict finally wrestled the rights away from the fledling remnants of MGM. Ultimately, the delay only helped the film, as if it were released on schedule 2 years ago, few people would know who Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, or Chris Hemsworth were, but now, the film has the addition of the past few years of filmography for all three actors. Hemsworth has broken out as a major star, with both Thor and The Cabin in the Woods playing to his strengths, and now, Hutcherson has broken out in his own right with the Journey to the Center of the Earth films and more notably, The Hunger Games. It looks like what it is, a modern update of the cult film, with updated enemies and an updated approach to war. For the most part, Jeremy didn’t mind the film in his review, but it doesn’t look like anything to write home about either. I’ll be waiting for Blu Ray.
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Silver Linings Playbook
Already a favorite to secure one of the Best Picture nominations for the year, David O. Russell‘s follow-up to The Fighter stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the adaptation of the popular Matthew Quick novel. The film also stars Robert DeNiro in telling the tale of a mentally fragile young Philadelphia Eagles fan who is learning to cope with life and loss. Courtney agreed with most critics in their assertions that it’s one of the best films of the year, and I personally can’t wait to go check it out myself. In less than 400 theaters this week, look for this one to expand very wide in the coming weeks.
Anthony Hopkins stars as the legendary thriller director in Hitchcock, the story of the man behind the movies that changed the way people saw cinema. The film mostly revolves around Hitch’s relationship with his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) during the filming of his record-breaking film Psycho, and all the risks he took, and the naysayers he ignored. It also covers the way he made some very controversial decisions, and how they ended up paying off in big ways for the director. Definitely a film I really want to see, it opens in major cities this weekend, if it makes money on those screens, it’s guaranteed to expand further.