Theatrical Releases This Week
What’s Your Number?
Director: Mark Mylod
Anna Faris is Ally Darling, who after reading a magazine article that leads her to believe she’s going to be forever alone, begins a wild search for the best “ex” of her life. (Synopsis by movie’s official Web site)
This looks…awful. Anna Faris works in “Scary Movie” because the acting is supposed to be comically bad. Unfortunately, her style of delivering each line like she is unsure if she is asking a question does not work in any other context. Early reviews are negative for this predictable film.
Director: Jonathan Levine
Inspired by personal experiences, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis. With Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston. (Synopsis by SummitPictures)
This is the film to see this week. Look for my review later this week on The Dagger.
Director: Jim Sheridan
Successful publisher Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Naomi Watts), a neighbor who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will’s dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next. (Synopsis by Universal Pictures)
Opening cold with no early screenings, it is hard to tell if this is going to be worth the price of admission. Generally a lack of advance offerings means either 1) the movie is terrible or 2) there is a surprise twist the producers don’t want leaked. Admittedly there is a great cast, but the story has been done to…death (Ba DUM *ching*). Best option is to give it at least a week and see what your friends say.
DVD Releases This Week
Director: Paul Feig
This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love. (Synopsis by Universal Pictures)
If I had a nickel for every woman that has told me I need to see this because it is “sooooo funny”… well, you get it. Guys, your woman is going to make you see this, so take some advice and just admit that it is as funny as “The Hangover.” Now, go practice saying that in the mirror so she actually believes you.