This week, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, all the new movies this week begin today. There are eight new movies being released. Five open nationwide and another three are in limited release.
Opening Nationwide on Wednesday, November 21st:
Movie: August Rush (PG)
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Terrence Howard & Robin Williams
Genre: Musical Drama
Synopsis: Two young musicians meet and fall in love. After a romantic night, she ends up pregnant. She had promised to meet him again, but her father rushed her away. She is led to believe that her baby was lost in an accident. He is crushed when she doesn’t show up and stops playing music. The baby grows up to be quite the musician himself and uses his talents to try and find his parents.
First Thoughts: This looks terribly sappy and contrived, even more so than your standard movie plot. There will be no November rush to the theater to see this one.
Movie: Enchanted (PG)
Starring: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey & James Marsden
Genre: Family Comedy
Synopsis: A beautiful fairytale princess is banished to the real world by an evil queen. She ends up in Manhattan and doesn’t know what to make of the strange new land. A divorce lawyer that is down on love helps her and she starts to fall for him. The prince from fairytale land, who has been promised her hand in marriage, comes to rescue her.
First Thoughts: This actually looks kind of fun and might be a fun family time at the movies this holiday weekend.
Movie: Hitman (R) (Read Review)
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko & Robert Knepper
Synopsis: A professional assassin that was born and raised to be one by a secret group. On one of his missions he is setup and when they miss, he vows to find out why. An Interpol agent and the Russian secret police are looking for him. He meets a beautiful, but damaged young woman while searching for who set him up and she begins to stir up unfamiliar emotions. Based on the video game.
First Thoughts: Saw this early this morning. It is definitely a style over substance type action movie. There are a few cool fight scenes and it has the feel of one of the Bourne movies, but lacks their depth. A full review is forthcoming.
Movie: The Mist (R)
Starring: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden & Andre Braugher
Synopsis: After a thunderstorm passes through a small town, a mysterious mist hangs around. Some unknown and vicious creatures attack anyone who enters the mist. The people start to think that an experiment gone wrong at a nearby military base may be responsible. Those remaining find themselves trapped in the local supermarket. They band together to figure out their best chance of survival.
First Thoughts: Holds no interest for me, even though I like Andre Braugher (TV’s Homicide: Life on the Streets).
Movie: This Christmas (PG-13)
Starring: Delroy Lindo, Loretta Devine, Regina King, Idris Elba, Mekhi Phifer & Columbus Short
Genre: Family Holiday Drama
Synopsis: A family and all their baggage comes home for a Christmas they will never forget. Revelations test their family bonds, but they start to try and help each other out and grow closer as a result.
First Thoughts: This looks like something I might watch next Christmas when it hits the likes of HBO or Showtime.
Movie in Limited Release:
- I’m Not There – A biographical drama of Bob Dylon where multiple actors portray the man at different stages in his life.
- Nina’s Heavenly Delights – Drama about a closeted lesbian that returns to Scotland soon after he father dies and finds his restaurant up for sale. He had entered into a cooking contest and Nina vows to win it in memory of her father.
- Starting Out in the Evening – A man that has been struggling to finish his novel for 10 years has a young woman that is doing a college thesis on his work comes to him and opens up a long dormant part of his life.
Expanding to more theaters this week are No Country for Old Men and Margot at the Wedding.
For New Movie Friday there are six new movies at a theater near me this week to choose from. They are August Rush, Enchanted, Hitman, The Mist, This Christmas and I’m Not There. What new movie will you be heading out to see this weekend?