There are 12 movies starting this Friday. Three open everywhere and another nine are in limited release.
Opening Nationwide on Friday, March 11th:
Movie: Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodríguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo & Michael Peña
Genre: Sci-Fi Action
Synopsis: Earth gets attacked by an alien force. As the great cities around the world begin to fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand. The Marines attempt to draw a line in the sand and fend off an enemy they are unsure how to fight.
First Thoughts: I’ve been excited for this one ever since I saw the first teaser trailer, which is the first one posted below, but less so with the bombardment of trailers and ads since. The latest trailer like the second one posted below just seems to overly spoilery, especially the last 15 seconds or so.
Movie: Mars Needs Moms (PG)
Starring: Seth Green, Dan Fogler & Elizabeth Harnois
Genre: Animated Family Adventure
Synopsis: A nine year old finds out how much he needs his mother after she is taken by Martians to help raise kids on their planet. The kid attempts to save his mom with the help of an underground guy from Earth and a Martian girl.
First Thoughts: Seems like a good premise and a nice message, but the trailer is not funny at all and I think it is trying to be, so not a real good sign. The animation looks really good, like The Polar Express, but nothing here is piquing my interest at all. Also, available in 3D and IMAX 3D.
Movie: Red Riding Hood (PG-13)
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons & Julie Christie
Genre: Horror Fairy Tale
Synopsis: A young woman is torn between to guys. She’s in love with one and her parents want her to marry another, more wealthy man. As she is about to run off with the former, she gets word of her sister’s death at the hands of a werewolf. A famous monster hunter is brought in, but warns the town that the beast they seek takes human form during the day. The woman begins to think that it may be someone she knows that is the werewolf.
First Thoughts: Turning a children’s tale into a horror film is as good an idea as turning an amusement park ride or a board game into an adventure movie, so why not. Doesn’t really interest me though.
Opening in Limited Release
- Black Death – Supernatural period film set in 1348 about a group searching for a rumored village that the plague doesn’t reach and the horrors they face trying to find it.
- Bereavement – Romance drama starring Juliet Binoche.
- Electra Luxx – Ensemble comedy starring Carla Gugino, Timothy Olyphant, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Malin Akerman and Adrianne Palicki about a retired porn star and the unexpected decisions she has to make.
- Harvest (2011) – Family drama about three generations of a family coming together in a small town.
- Jane Eyre – Period romance drama based on the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte.
- Kill the Irishman – Period drama based on a true story of the turf war between the Irish and Italian mob in 1976 Cleveland that stars Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken and Linda Cardellini.
- Making the Boys – A look at the drama and the legacy of getting the first gay play and its subsequent Hollywood movie out to a mainstream audience.
- Monogamy – Psychological drama.
- Redland – Period film about a family struggling during the Great Depression and how daughter’s secrets both tear down and start to rebuild a family.
There are three new movies playing in my area this week. They are Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms, and Red Riding Hood. Will you be heading out to the movies this weekend?