Friday, January 15, 2010

Today's New in Theaters- 1/15/09

The Book of Eli: I'm intrigued by a movie fronted by Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, and Mila Kunis, and who doesn't like a good post-apocalyptic tale, right? But then again, it's coming out on January 15th; statistically speaking, the odds are awfully good that it will blow. But the Hughes Brothers are always at least interesting, and both Jamie S. Rich and Roger Ebert give it modest recommendations.

The Spy Next Door: Full disclosure: I had the opportunity to go to an advanced screening of this Jackie Chan babysitter caper back in December. Instead, I went to Film Forum for a double feature of Little Murders and Where's Poppa? It may not have been the most responsible decision, but damnit, until I'm getting paid for this shit, I'm not going to skip stuff I want to see for things that are probably terrible. Reading the numerous scathing reviews, I'm pretty sure I made the right call. Co-starring both George Lopez and Billy Ray Cyrus!!!

The Last Station: Long story short: it's a broccoli movie. Good for you, sure, but it's pretty hard to get down.

44 Inch Chest: It goes wildly off the rails in the third act, but this tough little British number does give you the opportunity to watch Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, and Tom Wilkinson curse at each other for 90+ minutes, which I'd much rather do than spend three hours with nine-foot tall 3-D smurf cats.

Mine: This documentary about the pets left behind after Hurricane Katrina is heartbreaking, sure, but it's also surprisingly thoughtful and fair-minded. (Oh, if you're not in San Francisco, New York, or New Orleans, you can buy it on iTunes.)

The Lovely Bones: So Peter Jackson's latest was supposed to be a big Oscar contender for Paramount--in fact, it was the main movie that they pushed Scorsese's Shuttle Island to February for. Then it came out in the expected limited December release, and ruh-roh-- nobody liked it! Oh, Paramount, you backed the wrong horse. ANYHOO, it's finally getting its delayed wide release, and I'm reveling in the fact that Ebert gave it the same rating I did.

The White Ribbon is also going wider this week, though I'm still like the only guy who hated that one.

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