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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies 8/9/09 - 8/15/09

Evan Crean Evan Crean
August 10th, 2009 9:57am EDT
District 9I finally saw the Sam Mendes dramedy "Away We Go" starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski. The film is thoroughly enjoyable with its highs and its lows sharing equal poignancy. It is the perfect hybrid of a drama and a comedy.

Music throughout the film is spot on, appropriate in each instance for the emotions the filmmakers are trying to convey. Rudolph and Krasinski have a wonderful chemistry as husband and wife and engage in hilarious interactions with the other couples in the movie. Krasinski plays the role of Burt with a dopey charm that's hard not to love.

This week is crowded at the box office with nine films premiering. The list includes "District 9," "Ponyo," "Bandslam," "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Paperheart," "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," "It Might Get Loud," "Spread," and "Grace."



Twenty eight years ago, life on planet Earth changed forever with the arrival of aliens. Today the extraterrestrials live under lock and key as refugees in a special area of South Africa called District 9.

An established veteran in visual effects, specifically 3D animation, Neill Blomkamp directs this gritty science fiction film. The movie is co-written by Blomkamp and newcomer Terri Tatchell. Peter Jackson of "Lord Of The Rings" fame is one of the producers.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. This movie has not been heavily promoted, but the special effects look phenomenal. The dark tone of the film and the conflict between aliens and humans seems intense. (See Starpulse's review of the film HERE!)

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This Japanese animated film dubbed in English, tells the tale of a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who hopes to become a human.

Hayao Miyazaki, who won an Academy Award for his film "Spirited Away," writes and directs this animated adventure. A large cast of celebrities lend their voice to the English version of this film including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Cloris Leachman, and Lily Tomlin.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Rent it. The subject matter of this film does not interest me, but I respect artists out there that still work in traditional animation. Miyazaki's award-winning previous films, and the celebrity cast of voices shows enough promise for me to recommend renting this movie.





A social misfit bonds with the most popular girl on campus over their mutual love of music. Together they establish a rock group and enter the school's upcoming battle of the bands.

The man behind 2007's musically themed "Camp," Todd Graff, writes and directs this rock n roll picture. Disney alums Alyson Michalka and Vanessa Hudgens star as the main female characters.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Skip it. "Bandslam" looks overwhelmingly cliché and ultimately really lame. There aren't any funny lines in the movie's trailer, and the goodie-two-shoes influence of Disney actors like Vanessa Hudgens and Alyson Michalka make it seem cheesy.





Blessed and cursed with the ability to involuntarily travel through time, a Chicago librarian must deal with the complications time travel causes his marriage.

Director Robert Schwentke, known for 2005's thriller "Flightplan," helms this romantic drama. Based on the novel of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger, the film's screen play is penned by Bruce Joel Rubin who wrote "The Last Mimzy."

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Rent it. This incredibly sappy drama appears a bit too heavy handed for me. I haven't read the book on which the movie is based, but it does seem like a romantic concept, so I would at least rent it.



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