The column formerly known as "This Week's Movie Buzz" has a new name: "Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies." Fear not dear readers, the structure of the article you know and love will not be changing at all.
At Starpulse, we decided to change the name because we believe "Trailer Talk" more accurately reflects the column's subject matter. The insight and advice that I provide you on a weekly basis is based primarily on my viewing of movie trailers.
I do not have a chance to see most of the films before I actually recommend them to you. That being said, I do give confirmation if I see films that I suggest and enjoy after the fact.
For instance, last week I advised you to see the film "Orphan
," which I reviewed later in the week. As someone who isn't normally a fan of horror, I highly recommend it.
This week there are six movies opening in theaters, most of which I would recommend seeing. Premiering in the week ahead are "Funny People," "Aliens in the Attic," "Adam," "The Cove," "The Collector," and "Thirst."
After veteran comedian and movie star George Simmons (Adam Sandler
) discovers he has a terminal illness, his yearning to form a true friendship leads him to mentor the younger, less-experienced comedian Ira Wright (Seth Rogen
Adam Sandler's once former roommate Judd Apatow
writes and directs this drama/comedy. Returning to work with him from his last film "Knocked Up
" are Apatow's wife Leslie Mann
, his children Maude and Iris Apatow, and actor Jonah Hill
. SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT?
See it. I have been a staunch supporter of Adam Sandler throughout his career. While I haven't loved every single Sandler movie, I firmly believe he creates characters that are both funny and serious, following a path of self improvement which culminates at the film's end. I also love Judd Apatow's brand of humor, and although it can be raunchy at points, I think his characters are real people who find humor even during life's tough times.
A group of teenagers on vacation in Maine discover that the top floor of their vacation house has been taken over by aliens. It's up to these teens to stop the evil aliens from taking over the world, while their parents remain clueless about the battle for the planet.
John Schultz returns from a four year absence from directing to helm "Aliens in the Attic." The film is co-written by Mark Burton and Adam F. Goldberg. Burton wrote 2005's animated films "Madacascar" and "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
," and Goldberg penned last year's hilarious nerd comedy "Fanboys."SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT?
Skip it. Viewing the movie's trailer, I wasn't even mildly entertained. The aliens of the film seem like bumbling clichés, and the movie's outcome is very predictable. Not even Doris Roberts, Raymond's cranky mother on "Everybody Loves Raymond," doing back flips under alien control was enough to get me interested.
A beautiful, yet emotionally delicate writer named Beth moves into a new apartment building, and soon falls for her downstairs neighbor Adam. Adam is not a typical guy however; he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and has difficulty interacting with others. "Adam" follows the development of Beth and Adam's relationship and the positive impact they have on one another.
Max Mayer makes his feature film debut, writing and directing "Adam." Starring Hugh Dancy
as Adam, Rose Byrne
as Beth, Peter Gallagher
as Beth's father, Amy Irving
as Beth's mother, "Adam" took home the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT?
See it. Definitely not your typical love story, "Adam" seems like a genuine film that teaches important lessons about love and relationships. Hugh Dancy seems to play Adam with a certain childlike innocence that generates humor when Adam speaks his mind at times that are normally socially inappropriate.