Friday, September 23, 2011

Opening This Week

The big draw this coming weekend is Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman.  It was directed by Bennett Miller, his second feature as his Oscar-nominated Capote (2005), and written by screenwriting demigods Steven Zailian and Aaron Sorkin.  The film, based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis, tells the true tale of how the underdog Oakland "A"s reinvigorated the sport of baseball.  The film received nice notices upon it's debut at the Toronto Film Festival, and looks primed as a possible Oscar contender-- much of the praise has been pointed at Pitt, who is having quite the great, auteur-driven year (Terrance Malick's The Tree of Life might still have some awards fate left in it), but also and more surprisingly Jonah Hill has been signaled out, which is jarring-- I personally, may not be quite ready for Oscar-nominated Jonah Hill; and I pride myself on being progressive.  The film has a checked history, for Steven Soderbergh tried valiantly for year to get the movie made and it never happened for a number of the old Hollywood reasons-- I'm thinking dollar signs.  But so far, things point out this one might be a good one.  A baseball movie that's about all about math; sounds spectacular!

Also opening:
  • Abduction- Trying to position itself as a tweener Bourne Identity, Taylor Lautner breaks out of Team Jacob (perhaps not expressively-- the 0% current rating on Rotten Tomatoes is telling) for John Singleton's teen thriller that inexplicably co-stars Maria Bello and Sigourney Weaver.
  • Dolphin Tale- Family tale involving an injured dolphin-- I'm not going anywhere near this.  I'm totally okay with cinematic mayhem taken out on people, but not animals...sad face.
  • Killer Elite- Action thriller headlined by Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen...
  • Machine Gun Preacher- Gerard Butler stars in this true story of badass who helps Sudanese children in Marc Forster's latest drama (in limited release.)
  • Puncture- Captain America stars as a troubled lawyer (in limited release.)
  • Weekend- Festival favorite from Britain about a short term relationship between two gay men that's earning terrific reviews (in limited release.)

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