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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





Charlyne Yi is skeptical about the idea of being in love. She straddles the line between documentary and mockumentary in this film, blending fact and fiction as she explores what love means to different people. Throughout the movie she is courted by her real-life boyfriend Michael Cera.

"Paperheart" is directed by newcomer Nicholas Jasenovec, who joins Charlyne Yi in writing the film. As part of the mockumentary style of the movie, Charlyne Yi appears alongside her boyfriend Michael Cera and other celebrities like Seth Rogen.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. Charlyne Yi has an awkward funny quality to her much like Michael Cera. A film that falls somewhere in between reality and fantasy is an interesting way to tell a story. I think this movie has potential to be pretty funny and carry a good message (See the Starpulse review of "Paper Heart" HERE!)





Renowned for his ability to liquidate used cars, the smooth talking salesman Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) is hired by a floundering car dealership to rake in profit from its Fourth of July sale.

"Chappelle's Show" former scribe Neal Brennan directs this comedy. The two writers of "Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach," Andy Stock and Rick Stempson, team up again on the screenplay for "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard."

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Rent it. Even though I'm a fan of Jeremy Piven, this movie doesn't look wildly funny. It appears to be funny in the typical middle of the road comedy kind of way, relying on gross humor, racist jokes, and slapstick.



IT MIGHT GET LOUD

This documentary about the electric guitar chronicles the meeting of three musical giants: The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). The movie reveals how each of them developed their unique sound and style of playing and follows the three of them as they share stories with one another and play music.

An experienced documentary filmmaker, Davis Guggenheim directs this rock themed film. Guggenheim has a background in political documentaries with "A Mother's Promise: Barack Obama Bio Film" and Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. Plain and simple this documentary just looks like it rocks pretty hard. Seeing experienced musicians get together and share their collective wisdom is fascinating to me. There is bound to be some good music in the movie.





In Los Angeles, the attractive and cunning Nikki (Ashton Kutcher) enjoys a wealthy person's lifestyle courtesy of the rich women he courts. Nikki's lifestyle is called into question when he finds himself torn between two different women: Samantha (Anne Heche), a lawyer who gives him the world and Heather (Margarita Levieva), a waitress who is savvy and mysterious in her own right.

Jason Dean Hall earns his first Hollywood credit writing the screenplay for "Spread." The UK filmmaker David Mackenzie who made 2007's "Hallam Foe" is the movie's director.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Rent it. The idea of a man who woos wealthy women to exploit their riches seems like it should create good drama, but the thought of Ashton Kutcher in the lead role has me a bit skeptical. Kutcher definitely has the good looks to pull off the character, but I haven't seen him in anything that has convinced me his acting chops are up to snuff.





After losing her unborn child in a car accident, Madeline Matheson (Jordan Ladd) insists on carrying the baby to term. Following baby's delivery, the child mysteriously returns to life, with an appetite for blood.

Written and directed by the maker of horror shorts, Paul Solet, "Grace" took the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. I'm not terribly interested in seeing this film because I have a general distaste for horror, but I think horror junkies will love this one. The mother in the movie looks mad in a twisted, creepy way, killing people to keep her child alive.



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.