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Trailer Talk - This Week In Movies: '9,' 'Whiteout' & More

Evan Crean Evan Crean
September 8th, 2009 9:03am EDT
WhiteoutI've heard good reviews of the Mike Judge comedy "Extract" that came out last week, and I might add it to my list of movies to see, which still includes "District 9" and "Cold Souls." I haven't had as much time to make it to the movie theater lately as I've wanted to.

An unusual combination of movies hits theaters this week: two documentaries, one animated film, two thrillers, and a comedy. Premiering at the box office this week are "9," "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," "Whiteout," "Sorority Row," "The September Issue," and "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour."



9, a creature made from recycled parts, awakens in a post-apocalyptic world devoid of humans. He finds a community of similar beings, which he leads against the evil machines that control the world. 9 hopes to preserve the remaining life forms that the machines seek to destroy.

Previously engaged behind the scenes as an animator for "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," Shane Acker comes to the forefront writing and directing "9." Pamela Pettler, the writer behind other animated films like "Monster House" and "Corpse Bride" creates the screenplay for this grim animated feature.

An all-star cast of celebrity voices are featured in the film, including Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, and Crispin Glover.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that are entertained by dark animated films like "Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride" would be inclined to see this movie, which from the trailer seems to have a similar tone. Those who like tales that take place in a grim post-apocalyptic future will also be interested in this CG action epic.





Madea (Tyler Perry) delivers three kids who try to rob her home to their aunt April (Taraji P. Henson). April is a tough, down on her luck nightclub singer, who wants no part in parenting the three children. With the help of Madea's wisdom and the appearance of an industrious new tenant in April's building, April begins to turn a new corner in her adult life.

One man band Tyler Perry writes, directs, and stars in his seventh feature length film, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself." Perry plays his signature character Madea, joined by Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Brian J. White, and singer Mary J. Blige.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of Tyler Perry's brand of humor in his movies and television shows will appreciate this film. General lovers of African American comedy and self-help/coming of age films also should enjoy this heartwarming story.





Isolated in the cold harsh wilderness of the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, U.S. Marshall Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) races to find and capture a serial killer, before the sun sets for six months, encasing the station in the terror of total darkness.

Dominic Sena, who made smash action hits like "Swordfish" and "Gone in 60 Seconds," covers some new ground directing this thriller. Two families, including pairs Jon and Erich Hoeber and Chad and Carey Hayes wrote the screenplay for "Whiteout."

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: The trailer for this film makes it first appear to be a remake of the John Carpenter classic "The Thing," which takes place in a similar setting. Moviegoers that appreciate the dread of darkness and isolation in Antarctica like in "The Thing" will be just as worried about the presence of a serial killer roaming the snow covered research station as they would be about a shape-shifting alien.





A house of sorority girls pledge to keep the accidental death of one of their sisters a secret after an innocent prank goes wrong. After graduation however, the girls find themselves tormented by a serial killer bent on taking out everyone who shares the secret.

With experience primarily in shorts, Stewart Hendler directs his second feature length film: "Sorority Row." Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, who collaborated on the cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender," pen this screenplay based on the story "Seven Sisters" by Mark Rosman. Rumer Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, appears as one of the sorority sisters.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Horror junkies that love slasher films like "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" should check out this college themed thriller. Anyone who finds a certain sense of satisfaction in people getting their comeuppance for past wrongdoings, could enjoy a movie like this.





"The September Issue" is a documentary chronicling Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's planning for the 2008 fall-fashion issue. Known primarily for documentary series of social commentary like "American High," R.J. Cutler directs this peek inside the world of high fashion.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fashionistas who live for reality TV shows like "America's Next Top Model" and "Project Runway" will want experience the drama behind creating Vogue magazine's fall fashion issue. Avid readers of the magazine will have the opportunity to see the exact preparation that goes into assembling such a famous issue.



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.