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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Saw VI,' 'Vampire's Assistant' & More

Amanda Hamilton Amanda Hamilton
October 19th, 2009 9:43am EDT
Cirque du FreakLast Tuesday, I had a chance to see "Where the Wild Things Are." Visually the film is stunning; it integrates handheld camera shots in the appropriate moments to take viewers into the action. Jim Henson's Creature Shop makes the monsters of the movie look incredibly convincing, and the composite animation of their faces matches up well.

Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers do a fantastic job of stretching a 10 page children's book into a movie that doesn't distort the message of the book, but still gives audiences something fresh. One of the most fascinating aspects of the creatures the hero Max visits is that they all seem to represent elements of his personality. They undergo the same emotions and conflicts that he experiences.

While was not a fan of the film's soundtrack, and I felt that at points the pacing is somewhat slow, overall it was a very enjoyable adaptation of the popular children's book.

This week is a big one for Willem Dafoe. Two films starring the actor hit theaters this week: "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" and "Antichrist." Also opening this week is "Saw VI," "Amelia," "Ong Bak 2," "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," and "Motherhood."



Now that Special Agent Stahm is dead, Detective Hoffman has become the heir to Jigsaw's legacy. As the FBI closes in on him, Hoffman sets a game in motion to reveal Jigsaw's grand scheme.

Working primarily as an editor since 1991, Kevin Greutert earns his first feature length directing credit with "Saw VI." Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the minds behind 2008's "Saw V" and 2007's "Saw IV" return to pen this sequel. Series stars Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, and Shawnee Smith reprise their roles as well.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: If you're just a general fan of horror movies, or you're an avid follower of this franchise, you'll probably be interested in seeing how the series continues.





Darren Shan (Chris Massoglia) is recruited by a traveling freak show's most mysterious attraction to be his assistant. However, he soon finds himself used as a pawn in the battle between vampires and other deadly creatures of the night.

Comedy filmmaker Paul Weitz follows up his 2006 film "American Dreamz" by directing this multi-genre encompassing flick. Weitz co-wrote the film with Brian Helgeland, who has written Denzel Washington movies like "The Taking of Pelham 123" and "Man on Fire."

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Anyone who enjoys a film that falls into multiple genres, especially the action/comedy/adventure/fantasy/horror/thriller genres, will want to see this film. If you've been following John C. Reilly's career since he's broken into the comedic roles, you might want to see him as the vampire mentioned in the title.





Based on two biographies of Amelia Earhart, this film chronicles the life of the American pilot who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 on her historic flight around the world.

A director for one of the segments in last week's "New York I Love You," the Indian director Mira Nair helms this biopic. The screenplay is written by Ronald Bass who penned 2005's "Mozart and the Whale" and Amanda Hamilton Phelan, the woman behind 1999's "Girl Interrupted."

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers that enjoy historical biographies set in a specific time period like the 1930s should check this movie out. People fascinated with the legend of Amelia Earhart and what happened to her also will be interested in this movie.





Equipped with a unique set of martial arts skills, an orphan raised by a band of thieves sets out to exact revenge on a warlord who murdered his family.

Panna Rittikai, the writer of the previous "Ong Bak" returns to pen the sequel. Rittikai co-directs the film, with its star, martial artist Tony Jaa.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of the first "Ong Bak" will be anxious to see Jaa kicking ass again in "Ong Bak 2." Audiences that enjoy a good old fashioned stunt driven action flick can appreciate a movie like this one.





A grieving couple escapes to their cabin in the woods hoping to repair their broken hearts and their troubled marriage. What starts as an examination of fear though, turns into a paranoid nightmare.

Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier writes and directs this independent horror film featuring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Based on reviews of the film featured as testimonials in the trailer, it seems like horror-philes that enjoy being on the edge of their seat guessing what will happen next, will be the ones seeing this movie.





Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) moves with her much older husband (Alan Arkin) from New York City to a suburban retirement community. As she finds herself close to a nervous breakdown, her shiny image crumbles away to reveal her troubled past.

The woman responsible for 2005's "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," Rebecca Miller pens and directs this drama. Starring alongside Robin Wright Penn and Alan Arkin are Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Julianne Moore.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: If you like serious dramas that involve a character coping with a tumultuous past, you should see this film. Only people interested in seeing the kinds of stories that carry serious emotional weight will want to see "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee."





In New York City, Eliza Welsh (Uma Thurman), a blogger and parent, desperately tries to balance two significant events: preparations for her daughter's sixth birthday and the completion of an essay that might lead to a rewarding new job.

Katherine Dieckmann, the director of 2006's "Diggers" returns to the director's chair for "Motherhood." Dieckmann also wrote the screenplay for this motherly story with Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, and Minnie Driver.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: If you are looking for an inoffensive, comedy based on the rigors of raising a family, then "Motherhood" is the movie for you.



Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.


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