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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Stepfather,' 'Where The Wild Things Are' & More

Evan Crean Evan Crean
October 12th, 2009 9:44am EDT
Where the Wild Things AreSpike Jonze aficionados have been waiting a long time to see his latest project "Where the Wild Things Are" come to fruition. The release has been delayed over a year while Jonze fought through creative differences with Warner Brothers to make a picture both loyal to the Maurice Sendak's book and appealing to the general public.

In addition to Jonze's dark imaginary childhood tale, the films coming to theaters this week include "The Stepfather," "Law Abiding Citizen," "New York, I Love You," and "Black Dynamite."



Max is a mischievous child with a wild imagination. After he is sent to bed without his supper, his bedroom transforms into a magical jungle landscape filled with strange creatures that bring him on spectacular adventure.

Known best for his music videos and quirky films like 2002's "Adaptation," Spike Jonze brings this children's book to life on screen. Jonze co-writes the movie with Dave Eggers, the author of the 2009 indie comedy "Away We Go."

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Parents looking to introduce their children to the imaginative world of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" should take their families to see this movie. Children who grew up with the book and want to revisit the story through adult eyes will be inclined to check it out.





Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns from military school to discover his mother (Sela Ward) is living with her new boyfriend David (Dylan Walsh). Michael becomes suspicious of his mother's suitor however when he learns David matches the description of wanted murderer.

Nelson McCormick, the man responsible for 2008's high school horror movie "Prom Night," directs this story about a killer stepfather. J.S. Cardone, who wrote the screenplay for "Prom Night" collaborates with McCormick again to pen this film. An early draft of the screenplay was developed by Donald E. Westlake, the writer of the 1987 movie this version re-imagines.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: If you are a fan of the original cult horror film, you'll want to see this update on the 1987 version. People who also enjoy cookie cutter horror movies will want to see this remake.





Family man Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is failed by the justice system after the killers of his wife and daughter go free. He concocts a series of events to exact revenge on the murderers from inside his jail cell, luring the prosecutor (Jamie Foxx) responsible for the unjust deal into his deadly plan.

Returning from a four year filmmaking absence, F. Gary Gray directs this thriller. Kurt Wimmer pens the screenplay for "Law Abiding Citizen" following up his 2008 thriller "Street Kings" starring Keanu Reeves.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that appreciate a solid thriller that leaves them asking questions will want to find out how Gerard Butler is carrying out his deadly plan despite being behind bars. If you like Jamie Foxx, you'll be interested to see him play a deviation from his normal "nice guy" kind of characters with good intentions.





"New York, I Love You" is a collection of love stories set in New York City. Since this film is a collection of vignettes, each segment is written and directed by different filmmakers from a variety of cultures. To give you a complete list of writers and directors might bore you, but it's notable that actress Natalie Portman writes and directs her segment.

A number of well known Hollywood actors and actresses also appear in "New York, I Love You," including Shia LaBeouf, Bradley Cooper, Orlando Bloom, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, and Christina Ricci.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Romantics at heart will want to see this combination of love stories involving couples in New York City. If you're the type of person that likes films comprised of smaller stories from different writers and directors like "Four Rooms" then "New York, I Love You" is for you.





An ex-CIA agent and martial arts master, Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) is on a mission to avenge his brother's murder and to bring evildoers in his neighborhood to justice.

The star of the film Michael Jai White earns his first writing credit co-writing the film with Byron Minns, and director Scott Sanders. "Black Dynamite" is Sanders' first film credit since his 1998 movie "Thick as Thieves."

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: If you like to see independent movies that pay homage to a long lost art of 70s exploitation cinema, then "Black Dynamite" is right up your alley. Anyone who enjoys martial arts, action, and cheesy one-liners will dig this cool flick.



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.