Well, pretty much there is only one movie coming out and that is 300, but according to Fandango there are seven movies hitting theaters this week. Only four of these movies are playing near me. One is opening nationwide, 300, and the rest are in limited release.
Nationwide Movie Releases for March 9th:
Movie: 300 (R)
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey and Dominic West
Genre: Action Adventure Drama
Synopsis: Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller about the Battle of Thermopylae. The king of Sparta leads his 300 warriors into a battle with the overwhelmingly large Persian Army. They will most definitely be killed, but their willingness to fight for freedom against huge odds gets all of Greece to stand up against the enemy.
First Thoughts: The trailer and commercials for this film sure are promising a lot. It looks like it could be good, but you could leave feeling under-whelmed if it doesn’t live up to the hype. You may also find this on an IMAX screen in your area.
Movies in Limited Release this Friday:
Movie: The Host (R)
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong and Park Hae-il
Genre: Horror Comedy
Synopsis: For many years the American military has been dumping chemicals into the Han River. One day a creature from these waters emerges and wreaks havoc among the local population. When the daughter of a food stand worker is taken by what the government is calling the Host of a virus of unknown origin, the father takes it upon himself to head into the forbidden zone and rescue his daughter. Frights and laughs ensue.
First Thoughts: Horror comedy sounds like and oxymoron. Can you be both frightened and laugh at the same time?
Movie: The Ultimate Gift (PG)
Starring: Drew Fuller, James Garner and Ali Hillis
Genre: Family Drama
Synopsis: Based on the book by Jim Stovall, a young man living it up without a care in the world loses his grandfather. In a video will the grandfather announces that for the grandson to get his inheritance he must complete a few tasks. These tasks are supposed to help him learn about life and the real world. As he heads out on this journey, he discovers things about himself and others he did not know and learns whether money or happiness is better in life.
First Thoughts: I saw the trailer for this movie when I went to see Amazing Grace and it actually looked pretty good.
Other limited release movies not in my area, but maybe in yours:
- Believe in Me – Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Dern in a drama about a man in the 1960s who wants to coach boys’ basketball and get stuck coaching the girls’ team instead. They learn to trust each other and win, but something could be standing in their way of a state championship.
- Beyond the Gates – John Hurst and Hugh Dancy in a drama about a priest and a schoolteacher who gets caught up in the 1994 genocide in Rawanda.
- Maxed Out – Documentary about the debt life style many in the U.S. lead. Attempts to show you how the financial credit industry really works and how bad things have gotten.
- The Namesake – A foreign drama about a family from India that moves to New York and tries to balance their heritage and traditions with living in America.
That leaves me with three movies available in my area to choose from. Come back tomorrow and find out which movie will be the chose one. What new movies releasing this Friday look good to you? Anything you will be heading out to see this weekend?