Last week, the long weekend gave me a chance to see "District 9
" in the movie theater. The film's science fiction elements took a back seat to its moral objective however, which was roughly to serve as an allegory for the Apartheid in South Africa.
Treatment of the aliens by humans, as a subhuman species really becomes emotionally jarring through the intense blood and gore that comprise the latter half of the movie. Audiences ultimately walk away from "District 9" disgusted by the inhumanity of the human race.
A nontraditional narrative, "District 9" is largely told through the use of mock documentary and news clips, interlaced with security camera footage. At points that style is abandoned during the film to engross the audience in the action, but it's still an incredibly effective method of storytelling.
Guys drooling over Megan Fox
, after her appearance in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
," will have a chance to see her in a new horror film this week. Appearing in theaters this week are "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Love Happens," "Jennifer's Body," "Bright Star," and "The Informant."
Based on the children's book by the same name, this film centers on a town where food rains from the sky.
Former collaborators on the television series "Clone High," Phil Lord and Chris Miller, team up again to co-write and direct this animated feature. Similar to most films of the genre, an eclectic mix of celebrities round out the voice department, including Bill Hader
, Anna Faris
, James Caan
, Andy Samberg
, Bruce Campbell
, Mr. T
, and Neil Patrick Harris
. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Children who grew up with "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" will be excited for their beloved book come to life as an animated film. Moviegoers with an appreciation for the CG animation genre will be inclined to view this one, as well as parents looking for a good movie to take their children to see.
On a business trip to Seattle, a popular motivational speaker (Aaron Eckhart
) forms a strong connection with a woman (Jennifer Aniston
) who attends one of his seminars. Their romantic bond forces him to deal the fact that he hasn't truly confronted his wife's recent death.
Making his directorial debut, Brandon Camp also co-writes this romantic drama with Mike Thompson. Camp and Thompson worked together previously on the television series "John Doe" and co-wrote 2002's "Dragonfly
." WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Movie patrons looking for a more serious romantic movie that has an emotional story to tell will be interested in seeing "Love Happens." Anyone who has struggled to cope with the death of a spouse while attempting to return to normal life should be able to relate to Aaron Eckhart's character.
A cheerleader from a small Midwestern high school becomes possessed by a demon that seeks to kill all of the men in her town.
Karyn Kusama, whose previous credits include "http://www.starpulse.com/Movies/Aeon__Flux/index.html" and "Girlfight
," directs this comedic horror film. "Jennifer's Body" is written by Diablo Cody
, the woman behind the Showtime series "The United States of Tara
," and the 2007 indie comedy "Juno
." WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Cody worshippers won't want to pass on this opportunity to see her take on horror. People who like horror that doesn't take itself seriously and guys who find Megan Fox attractive also should check this movie out.
This drama focuses the poet John Keats and the last few years of his life from the perspective of his lover Fanny Brawne.
The director of 2003's "In the Cut," Jane Campion writes and helms this romantic period piece. "Bright Star" features Abbie Cornish
as Fanny Brawne, Ben Whishaw
as John Keats, and Paul Schnieder in the role of Charles Armitage Brown. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Lovers of the classic romantic drama set in a long forgotten time period should see this glimpse into the last years of John Keats. Admirers of Keats will be anxious to find out how Keats is portrayed in this film.
The United States government decides to pursue a case against an agri-business giant over a price fixing scheme, based on evidence from a star witness inside the company named Mark Whitacre.
Visionary of the "Ocean's" series Steven Soderbergh
directs this unusual comedy. Scott Z. Burns, the scribe for "The Bourne Ultimatum
," pens the screenplay for the film. Matt Damon
stars as Mark Whitacre, joined by Thomas F. Wilson, Scott Bakula
, Patton Oswalt
, and "Soup" host Joel McHale
. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Audiences that enjoy Stephen Soderbergh's style in the "Ocean's" franchise will flock to see this movie. Those who read the book by Kurt Eichenwald on which the movie is based will want to witness Damon's performance as Whitacre.
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.