It’s feast or famine at you local theater recently. There’s either one movie or 10 starting each week it seems. This week, it’s the near latter, as there are eight movies opening, four everywhere and four others are in limited release.
Opening Nationwide on Friday, December 5th:
Movie: Cadillac Records (R)
Starring: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short & Cedric the Entertainer
Genre: Musical Drama
Synopsis: The story of Leonard Chess and how he started his own recording company in 1950s Chicago and launched the careers of Etta James, Muddy Waters and many others.
First Thoughts: Great cast, could be really good.
Movie: Extreme Movie (R)
Starring: Michael Cera, Frankie Muniz, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard & Ryan Pinkston
Genre: Teen Sex Comedy
Synopsis: Spoof of teen sex comedies.
First Thoughts: This sounds extremely bad, but at least it only runs 75 minutes, so it’ll be over quickly. Also, all the movie sites say this opens on Friday, but none of them have any show times for it as yet.
Movie: Nobel Son (R)
Starring: Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen & Eliza Dushku
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Synopsis: A man going through a rough time lives with his very well educated parents. When his father is awarded the Nobel, he is kidnapped and they set the ransom at the $2 million prize that comes with the award. The father refuses and things go downhill from there, as lust, betrayal and revenge all come into play.
First Thoughts: Good cast, but that’s about it. Doesn’t really interest me.
Movie: Punisher: War Zone (R)
Starring: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Colin Salmon, Dash Mihok, Doug Hutchison & Wayne Knight
Genre: Comic-Book Action Thriller
Synopsis: Frank Castle, also known as The Punisher, is back with his one-man war against organized crime. This time he is taking aim at mob boss Billy Russoti, who is left horribly disfigured after an encounter with Castle. So, he decides to start calling himself Jigsaw and seeks revenge on Castle.
First Thoughts: Never saw the last one, but I think I’ll be able to pick things up okay if I go see this.
Movies in Limited Release:
- The Black Balloon – Coming of age family drama about a boy trying to fit in at a new school that gets put in charge of his autistic brother when his pregnant mother has to take things carefully.
- Ciao – Two men that didn’t know each other, but had a friend in common begin corresponding after one informs the other of their friend’s passing. As they continue to write, they grow closer and it could change their lives forever.
- Frost/Nixon – Dramatized story of actual events involving an interview of former president Nixon by British reporter David Frost in 1977, some three years after the Watergate scandal had ended his presidency.
- Hunger – Political drama about the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike that was led by Bobby Sands at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland.
Milk expands to more theaters this week.
For New Movie Friday there are three new movies to choose from this week. They are Cadillac Records, Nobel Son, and Punisher: War Zone. What new movie looks good to you this week?