This week, at a theater near you, there are four new movies being released. Three open nationwide and another is in limited release.
Opening Nationwide on Friday, November 2nd:
Movie: American Gangster (R) (Read Review)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr. & Josh Brolin
Genre: Crime Drama
Synopsis: The story of Frank Lucas, who started out as a chauffeur for Harlem’s top mobster and rose to power after his boss’ death. He used his own intelligence and a strict code to become the inner city’s biggest and most feared crime boss. A cop, Richie Roberts, tries to curtail the changes taking place in organized crime and bring Lucas to justice.
First Thoughts: Unless you are taking your kids to see Bee Movie, this looks to be the definite best choice at the theater this weekend. It is one of those movies I have been looking forward to since first seeing the trailer many weeks ago.
Movie: Bee Movie (PG)
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick & John Goodman
Genre: Children’s Animated Comedy
Synopsis: A bee that isn’t all that enthused about being just like every other bee and becoming just another honey maker sets out to see what lies outside the hive. Once outside, he is saved by a florist and becomes friendly with her. He then finds that humans really like honey and consume a lot of it and decides that he should sue the human race for honey theft.
First Thoughts: The Bee Movie TV Juniors commercials on NBC have been pretty funny, but seemed to be aimed at a more adult aged market and not the children that you would assume would make up the bulk of the market. I guess they are trying to get the parents interested, so they will be more likely to want to take their kids to see it when asked.
Movie: Martian Child (PG)
Starring: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Bobby Coleman & Joan Cusack
Genre: Family Comedy Drama
Synopsis: A man who recently lost his wife, who is also a writer of science fiction, forms an odd family with a close friend and a little boy that he adopts. The boy says he is from Mars, ignoring what would be considered good parenting advice from the widower’s sister, the man goes about raising the boy the way he thinks he should. After a few strange coincidences that happen around the boy, they start to think that the young boy may in fact be from another planet.
First Thoughts: John Cusack is always good and this looks to be an interesting story, but this film falls into the second choice category for this week.
Movie in Limited Release:
- Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten – Biography of the lead singer and songwriter of the Clash.
Expanding to more theaters this week is Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
For New Movie Friday there are three new movies at a theater near me this week to choose from. They are American Gangster, Bee Movie and Martian Child. What new movie will you be heading out to see this weekend?