Well, haven’t gotten completely caught up, with reviews, around here yet, which would make sense, given this is the first week of the year, where there are actually two movies I would like to see. Overall, there are five new movies hitting the big screen this week. Four are opening everywhere and one is in limited release.
Opening Nationwide on Friday, March 28th:
Movie: 21 (R)
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts & Laurence Fishburne
Synopsis: A shy, but brilliant, M.I.T. student looking for a way to pay for school, ends up joining a group of card counters headed by a professor. Each weekend they head for Vegas with their fake identities to use their knowledge to put the odds in their favor at the blackjack tables. But, the lifestyle starts to get to him and he begins to push the limits, all while trying to stay one step ahead of casino security.
First Thoughts: The movie is based on the events chronicled in the book Bringing Down the House, but has been moved into present day with a cast of beautiful people playing the math geeks of yesteryear. The cast is solid and the story sounds fun and the trailer looks good, which makes this one of the two movies I want to see this week.
Movie: Run, Fat Boy, Run (PG-13)
Starring: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran, Matthew Fenton & Harish Patel
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Synopsis: A chubby guy realizes that he loves the woman he left at the alter years earlier and wants to get her back. To do so, he attempts to run in and finish a marathon and also convince her that the guy she is about to marry is not right for her.
First Thoughts: Stars Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), who was also a writer on this and the two mentioned in parentheses, and is directed by David Schwimmer (Friends). Hot Fuzz was one of my favorite movies of last year and this looks really good, as well, which makes this the second movie I want to see this week.
Movie: Stop-Loss (R)
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Timothy Olyphant
Genre: Political Drama
Synopsis: A decorated war Iraq war vet returns home to his small Texas town after his tour of duty ends. He is trying to get his life that he left behind back on track with the help of his family and his best friend, who also served in Iraq. The two of them, along with other Army buddies are trying to make a go in civilian life. Then, he gets ordered by the Army to return to duty, which tests everything that he values.
First Thoughts: Couldn’t be less interested in seeing this.
Movie: Superhero Movie (PG-13)
Starring: Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Pamela Anderson, Tracy Morgan & Regina Hall
Genre: Superhero Spoof
Synopsis: A guy gets bit by a genetically enhanced dragonfly and develops superhuman abilities and armored skin and becomes known as the crime fighter “The Dragonfly.” A bad guy ends up getting powers when an experiment goes awry and becomes a super villain that wants to steal your life force. The two must battle it out, all while spoofing every superhero movie ever made.
First Thoughts: Some bits of the trailer actually look funny, which puts this in the category of will see it someday, probably when it hits the likes of HBO or Showtime.
Movie in Limited Release:
- My Brother Is an Only Child – Political dramedy about two Italian brothers with dreams of changing the world, but in extremely different ways. The older becomes a communist and the other a fascist.
For New Movie Friday there are four new movies to choose from this week. They are 21, Run, Fat Boy, Run, Stop-Loss and Superhero Movie. What new movie looks good to you this week?