This week we have five movies releasing. Four are in wide release and one is in limited release. One of the, supposed, nationwide offerings isn’t available at a theater near me, up here in Seattle. Yet, the one that is on fewer screens includes my local theater. There are a couple of dramas, a couple of comedies and a comedy drama.
Movies Opening Wide on March 2nd:
Movie: Black Snake Moan (R)
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and a Pair of Panties
Genre: Romance Drama
Synopsis: A young woman who was abused as a child seeks affection wherever she can but doesn’t find much. When her boyfriend joins the military, she turns to her wild side where she ends up beaten and left on the side of the road. An old bluesman finds her and takes her in. He locks her up with a chain and goes about trying to fix her and her wicked ways.
First Thoughts: It is Christina Ricci chained up wearing nothing but panties and a half shirt for two hours. This salacious element seems to be getting in the way of whether or not the acting, the story or anything else is good or not.
Movie: Wild Hogs (PG-13)
Starring: John Travolta, William H. Macy, Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence
Synopsis: Four middle-aged friends go on a motorcycle trip to getaway from there stuck in a rut lives. They have run-ins with other bikers along the way. Comedy is supposed to ensue.
First Thoughts: The trailer looked funny and the cast is as solid as they come. Could be good.
Movie: Zodiac (R)
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Anthony Edwards
Genre: Drama Suspense Thriller
Synopsis: Based on the events of the real Zodiac serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco area in the late 1960s and 70s. The story revolves around those who were trying to find him but never did.
First Thoughts: A fictionalized portrayal of real events can be good even when you already know the outcome. But, in this case you know the outcome was that there was know outcome. They never caught the guy. The movie may be good and has a solid cast but I like an ending in my movies. I wonder how they will satisfactorily wrap this story up for the viewer.
According to First Showing the movie Full of It is in wide release this Friday. But, according to Fandango it is not playing anywhere near me. So, it won’t be in consideration for this week’s pick and review.
One Movie in Limited Release:
Movie: Two Weeks (R)
Starring: Sally Field, Ben Chaplin, Julianne Nicholson and Tom Cavanagh
Genre: Comedy Drama
Synopsis: The mother of a brood of four brothers and sisters is on her deathbed. Her children all show up to see their mother before she passes on. Yet, she hold on for longer than anyone expects causing the group to spend more time together than they had anticipated. During this time home movies are watched and relationships of a dispersed family are brought closer together.
First Thoughts: This movie actually looks pretty good. It has a great cast including Julianne Nicholson and Tom Cavanagh, who are two of my favorites from their TV work.
That leaves me with four movies to choose from this week. Which one would you go see? Why?