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New Theater Release Day: October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007
Damn, Sam.

This season just keeps getting better and better. Along with the leaves, Punkin Spice Lattes and chilly, snuggle-into-my-comforter, mittens and scarf weather - comes a whole slew of Seasonal Films... Vampires... Betrayal... Kidnapping... So many good things to go see! If I had the patience and enough dollars to spare - I would camp out at the theater this Saturday and go see about six films back to back to back to back to back to back.

Joaquin hits another week with Reservation Road, Reese and Jake finally debut in their movie Rendition and double whammy bonus for Morgan Freeman in Gone Baby Gone...

And - don't forget - that the Nightmare Before Christmas with our favorite Jack will be out in theaters for the Halloween weeks as well...

So let's see what you want to see - shall we?

30 Days of Night:

Key Players: Josh Hartnet, Melissa George, Danny Huston
Tag Line: None
The Jist: After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: When I was about seven or eight years old... I remember my mom having to go into work late one night for whatever reason. Since I was babysitting my brother - She let me sleep in her bed so that I would feel safer and she'd wake me up when I got home. We didn't have cable, so I was really shielded from scary stuff growing up - but that one particular night - I did happen to find an old black and white film on PBS about a guy that cleared out a vampire's coffin and turned it into his cuttlery holder (i know... wierd). The vampire got pissed and killed the guy - and as we know it to be true with most scary things - what we don't see is the most terrifying thing. Later on, there was a special on real-life vampires -- on how guys and girls get together to suck each other's blood because it's intimate and they love the taste. This is bringing up a lot of bad memories for me...

Ever since then - I've been terrified of Vampires and tend to revert to logic when I see previews for films like this. Why wouldn't you move away for those 30 days of night? Why would you keep a man locked up in a jail cell like that? Why don't you get Flood Lights? I will not go see this.... because that's just creepy shit.

Things we Lost in the Fire

Key Players: Halle Berry, Beneicio Del Toro, David Duchovny
Tag Line: Hope comes with letting go.
The Jist: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Yay/Nay or Rental Play?: Like all fine wine... and women... Beneicio gets better every year - seriously. I smell an Oscar for his part in this...

The Comebacks :

Key Players: David Koechner, Carl Weatherws, Melora Hardin, Matthew Lawrence
Tag Line: Keep your eye on the ball.
The Jist: A comedy that spoofs the inspirational sports movies, The Comebacks tells the story of an out-of-luck coach, Lambeau Fields (Koechner), who takes a rag-tag bunch of college misfits and drives them towards the football championships. In the process, this life-long loser discovers that he is a winner after all by redeeming himself, saving his relationship with his family and friends, and finding that there is indeed, no "I" in "team"! [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: I had to think this was retarded as all get out - then I watched the preview and laughed out loud. If the producers of Wedding Crashers made it... It has to grow on you. It wouldn't be my first choice to go see this week - but I would definately make some time when I needed a good laugh.

Gone Baby Gone:

Key Players: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris
Tag Line: Everyone Wants The Truth... Until They Find It.
The Jist: Based on the Dennis Lehane novel about two Boston area detectives investigating a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Young, eager detective (Affleck) works with seasoned partner (freeman). Sounds like Seven with a different topic. What a horrible thing to have happen. I love mystery dramas... with suspense. Mystic River was good.. so I'm guessing I'll like the style of this, as well. Yeah... I'll go.

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (limited):

Key Players: Jimmy and Roselyn Carter
Tag Line: None - This is a Documentary
The Jist: A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Jimmy Carter was one of the hardest working guys... Building Home - Fighting Peace... he is all over his shit. It's fitting he should have a biography done on him... because He's a great example to what good people do out there... I'd have to be in that documentary mood - but if you're a political geek - go see it.

Mr. Untouchable (limited):

Key Players: Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, Thelma Grant, Carol Hawkins-Williams, Joseph Jazz Hayden
Tag Line: None - this is a Documentary
The Jist: The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord... [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: What a Legacy, huh? Druglord... the god to all of those who are too week to say no and too stupid to keep coughing up money they don't have. Is it really that good? Talk about someone building an empire -- i'm guessing the lifestyle was interesting, as well as the history on Nicky Barnes... but I'd rather watch this on A&E than pay $10 to see this...

Out of the Blue (limited):

Key Players: Karl Urban, Matthew Sunderland, Simon Ferry
Tag Line: From the last place on earth comes a true story of courage and survival.
The Jist: Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Hmm... I would hope for the sake of the movie that it's better than it's trailer. I should be quiet to judge since it was based on an actual massacre 17 years ago... better suited for A&E!!!! First 48. Do a 2 hour special. I'll totally watch it -- Bring in witnesses, and testimonials -- police that were on the case - family of the shooters, the victims. Do I sound sick? I just want the cold hard facts. Not a recreation with actors...


Key Players: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaul, Merryl Streep, Omar Metwally
Tag Line: What if someone you loved... just disapeared?
The Jist: A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Oooooh. touchy touchy touchy. This should shake a few people up. Look at the cast! Look at the subject matter. Look at the preview! Look at Hottie Reese. What I want to look at... is Jake Gyllenhaul and I didn't see a lick of him in the preview... so Hopefully there's some bizarre twist there... Big screen would be good.

Reservation Road (limited):

Key Players: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Connelly
Tag Line: To find the truth, you have to find who's hiding it.
The Jist: On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello -- beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever... [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Look at all these films on kidnapping! Apparently hollywood caught wind of celebrities like Britney Spears and wanted to grab the rest of the parental population that's not affraid of anything else and teach them all how emotionally torturing a kidnapping is. Way to use Mark Ruffalo and Joaquin to get that message across. I love Joaquin. I may have to perhaps have a double feature this weekend and see We are the Night and Reservation Road in one fell swoop. Can you hop theaters anymore? Help me condone stealing. Really. haha

Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour :

Key Players: Rissa Walters, Alessandra Daniele, Brian Comrie
Tag Line: What will happen between midnight and 1 AM?
The Jist: A 17-year-old girl has mysterious encounters with paranormal activity in the small town of Pine Valley. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: If things only happen between midnight and 1am - why is there shit going on during the day. I don't get it. Small towns always have wierd ghost stories. I think i got a Whitenoise Vibe when I saw that - and that movie sucked... so this one doesn't really entice me all that much either.

Wristcutters: A Love Story (top 10 markets; expands: Nov. 2):

Key Players: Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Tom Waits, Leslie Bibb
Tag Line: Life Sucks
The Jist: A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Quirky. Funny. Perfect for a rainy sunday afternoon. I somehow feel I'd go in feeling so so and come out feeling better about life. I love those movies...



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