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New to the Big Screen This Weekend

This weekend should prove to be a relatively good one at the movies, with a handful of new flicks making their official big screen debuts.  In a quick run down, here are the newbies:

Alpha and Omega
This should be the big movie for the younger set this weekend.  Alpha and Omega is the animated tale of two wolves (voiced by Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere) trying to find their way home to their pack after being kidnapped. Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Dennis Hopper, and Larry Miller also supply voices for the Crest Animation production, helmed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck from a script by Chris Denk.
Rated PG for rude humor and some mild action.  Runtime:  1 hr. 28 min.

My take:  Certain to be a sure-fire hit for the kids (and kids at heart) who love animated flicks.

M. Night Shyamalan is back in this first in a series of collaborations between the writer/director and Media Rights Capital.  Devil is a supernatural thriller based on an idea by Shyamalan.  Going off of a script by Brian Nelson is Quarantine director John Erick Dowdle, who handles producing duties with his brother Drew.
Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, thematic material and some language including sexual references.  Runtime:  1 hr. 20 min.

My take:  Take him or leave him, M. Night Shymalan turns out movies with unusual or supernatural angles and this one promises the same.  Devil may very well pick up the crowd who has already seen or passed on The Last Exorcism.

Easy A
The escape of a little white lie teaches a clean-cut teenager (Emma Stone) to use the high-school rumor mill to her advantage.

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language, and some drug material.  Runtime:  1 hr 33 min.
My take:  This year's (milder) American Pie?  Easy A looks like a fun, goofy teen comedy.  And poking fun at Tom Cruise?  Comedy gold.

The Town
Gone Baby Gone director Ben Affleck adapts author Chuck Hogan's Hammett Prize-winning novel concerning four thieves who are hunted on the streets of Boston by a determined FBI agent and a woman with the power to bring them all to their knees.

Rated R for strong violence, pervastive language, some sexuality and drug use.  Runtime:  2 hr 5 min.
My take:  The Town should clean up, between the story, based on a Hammett Prize winning novel and Affleck, taking on director and starring duties. 

Never Let Me Go
Friends Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) grow up together at a seemingly idyllic boarding school in the English countryside. When they leave the school and the horrible truth of their true purpose is revealed to them, they must simultaneously confront deep-seated feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to tear their friendship asunder.
Rated R for sexuality and nudity.  Runtime:  1 hr 43 min.

My take:  Never heard of this flick?  Neither have I.  This will be a small movie theater-wise and gross-wise but will likely do well in smaller artsy theaters and with DVD sales and rentals.  

An unexpected odyssey unfolds after a filmmaker's brother begins receiving unusually advanced paintings from a supposedly eight-year-old girl.

Rated PG 13 for some sexual references.  Runtime:  1 hr 34 min

My take:  After a positive endorsement by Ellen DeGeneres on her show, and a strong marketing campaign online, Catfish may very well go the way of The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity at the box office.

The Freebie
A young couple decides to give each other one night in which they're free to find someone and have sex with them, no questions asked.

Rated R for language and sexual content.  Runtime:  1 hr 20 min

My take:  With the quasi-exception of Dax Shepard, no known names in this flick along with a surely predictable outcome will guarantee this movie on the shelves of your local Blockbuster before you know it. 

Jack Goes Boating
An unassuming limo driver (Philip Seymour Hoffman) begins a tentative romance while his best friend (John Ortiz) faces the dissolution of his marriage.

Rated R for some sexual content, drug use and language.  Runtime:  1 hr 29 min.

My take:  Not the most exciting, action-drive storyline but the presence of Philip Seymour Hoffman guarantees this film some consideration.

Leaves of Grass
When Ivy League classics professor Bill Kincaid receives news of the murder of his estranged identical twin brother, Brady (Edward Norton), in a pot deal gone bad, he leaves the world of Northeastern academia to travel back to his home state of Oklahoma. Upon arrival, he finds that reports of his brother’s death are greatly exaggerated, and he's soon caught up in the dangerous and unpredictable world of drug commerce in the backwaters of the Southwest. In the process, he reconnects with his eccentric mother (Susan Sarandon), meets a wise and educated young woman who has bypassed academia in favor of the gentler rhythms of life (Keri Russell), and unwittingly helps his troubled brother settle a score with a pernicious drug lord (Richard Dreyfuss) who uses Tulsa, Oklahoma's small Jewish community for cover. Leaves of Grass follows a twisting narrative path merging crime drama, drug comedy, classical philosophy and sudden violence. 
Rated R for violence, pervasive language and drug content.  Runtime:  1 hr 45 min.

My take:  Edward Norton, Richard Dreyfuss and Susan Sarandon in a movie together should bring interest but the lack of advertising or media push on this one makes me think it will be DOA.

Are you planning on seeing any of these movies this weekend? 


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