This week, at a theater near you, there are 12 new movies being released. Six open nationwide and another six are in limited release.
Opening Nationwide on Friday, October 19th:
Movie: 30 Days of Night (R)
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George & Ben Foster
Synopsis: A small town in Alaska has a complete month of darkness each year. Most people go south for the winter, but a few remain behind. This year a group of vampires hit town for a feeding frenzy. The few that have stayed must figure out how to survive until the sun light returns.
First Thoughts: Josh Hartnett once tried to go 40 days and nights without sex, so 30 days without sun should be a walk in the park.
Movie: The Comebacks (PG-13)
Starring: David Koechner, Carl Weathers, Matthew Lawrence & Brooke Nevin
Genre: Comedy Spoof
Synopsis: Just about every inspirational sports story ever to hit the big screen gets parodied in this film.
First Thoughts: Probably watch it some day, but Friday will not be that day.
Movie: Gone Baby Gone (R) (Read Review)
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris & John Ashton
Synopsis: A 4-year-old girl from Dorchester, a tough neighborhood in Boston, goes missing. The child’s aunt pleads with a local private investigator to take the case, because he has contacts the police don’t have. He ends up risking everything to bring the little girl back.
First Thoughts: Based on the Dennis Lahane book and directed by Ben Affleck. The story looks interesting and the cast looks superb. This and Rendition look like the best bets this weekend.
Movie: Rendition (R)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Omar Metwalley, Alan Arkin & Peter Sarsgaard
Synopsis: A chemical engineer of Egyptian decent and an American wife is taken when he tries to fly from South Africa to Washington D.C. He is sent to a third world country to be interrogated. The wife heads to the capital to find out what happened to her husband. At the secret facility where the man is being kept, an American CIA analyst sees how the man is being treated and starts to question what is going on.
First Thoughts: This or Gone Baby Gone look to be the best options this weekend.
Movie: Sarah Langdon and the Paranormal Hour (PG)
Starring: Rissa Walters, Brian Comrie, Dan Comrie & Jane Harris
Synopsis: A 17-year-old girl living away from home in a haunted guesthouse finds the secret being kept by a small town. A local psychic, an evil spirit and two bothers could hold the key to solving the continually expanding mystery.
First Thoughts: A movie geared for the early teen girl set, while The Comebacks attracts their teen boy counterparts this weekend.
Movie: Things We Lost in the Fire (R)
Starring: Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny, Alison Lohman, Omar Benson Miller & John Carroll Lynch
Synopsis: A woman loses her husband to a random act of violence. She then starts up an unlikely relationship with the childhood best friend of her husband. He has destroyed his life with an addiction to heroin and has lost everything. She finds that he is the only one that can help her through her grief and he finds that the relationship is giving him the strength to fix his own life.
First Thoughts: Great looking cast, would probably be my third choice this weekend.
Movies in Limited Release:
- Out of the Blue – Psychological drama about a guy that kills his neighbor and sets fire to the house and then shoots at anybody that attempts a rescue.
- Reservation Road – Drama starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino and Elle Fanning about the aftermath when a father kills the son of another in a hit-and-run accident.
- The Ten Commandments – An animated version of the epic story with Ben Kingsley narrating, Christian Slater voicing Moses, Alfred Molina voicing Ramses and Elliott Gould as the voice of God.
- Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D – A whole new look to what some consider a holiday classic.
- Weirdsville – Horror comedy starring Scott Speedman, Taryn Manning and Matt Frewer.
- Wristcutters: A Love Story – A fantasy romantic dramedy that sounds absolutely bizarre.
Expanding to more theaters this week are The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Darjeeling Limited and Lars and the Real Girl.
For New Movie Friday there are eight new movies at a theater near me this week to choose from. They are 30 Days of Night, The Comebacks, Gone Baby Gone, Rendition, Sarah Langdon and the Paranormal Hour, The Ten Commandments, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D and Things We Lost in the Fire. What new movie will you be heading out to see this weekend?