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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Old Dogs,' 'The Road' & More

Evan Crean Evan Crean
November 23rd, 2009 9:45am EST
Ninja AssassinIn a change of pace, I have already seen one of the week's upcoming movies ahead of time: "Ninja Assassin." As per my expectations, the film places a lesser emphasis on plot and a higher one on intense action sequences.

While the plot isn't horrendous, many of its aspects are not as well developed as they should have been. The quality of the action starts to make up this, but it's not enough to save the film.

"Ninja Assassin" is a mediocre movie at best. My opinion is that it's not worth wasting your money on seeing in the theater. If you really want to see it, I'd recommend waiting to rent it..

Other movies hitting the box office this week include the parental comedy "Old Dogs," the post- apocalyptic tale "The Road," the 1930s period piece "Me and Orson Welles," and the feminine drama "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee."

OLD DOGS

Ben (Robin Williams) is a successful businessman whose life becomes chaotic when an old love interest comes back into his life with her twin children. Temporarily in charge of their well-being, he enlists the assistance of his best friend (John Travolta) to co-parent.

Working with John Travolta again after collaborating with him on 2007's "Wild Hogs," Walt Becker directs this comedy. David Diamond and David Weissman, a writing team since 2000's "The Family Man," pen the film's screenplay.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that enjoy Robin Williams' offbeat brand of humor will probably be into this comedy. If you like stories about misadventures in parenting then this is the film for you.

THE ROAD

A father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) spend months traversing a post-apocalyptic landscape on foot in search of civilization.

John Hillcoat, the man behind 2005's "The Proposition," helms this thriller. Screenwriter Joe Penhall adapts the Cormac McCarthy novel on which this film is based.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers who crave stories that take place in a grim future are the kind that should see this movie. If you're interested in what the post-apocalyptic world could look like, then check out "The Road."

NINJA ASSASSIN

Mika Corretti (Naomie Harris), a Berlin based Interpol agent, links the shadowy ninja clan known as the Ozunu, to a series of international murders. When the clan attempts to silence her, a rogue ninja named Raizo comes to her aid. A former student of the Ozunu, Raizo hopes to protect Mika and exact revenge on the master who betrayed him.

The visionary who made "V for Vendetta" and worked on the "Matrix" franchise, James McTeigue, directs this bloody action flick. Matthew Sand earns his first writing credit on this film, collaborating with J. Michael Stracynski who penned 2008's "Changeling."



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Martial arts aficionados and action movie junkies who get their kicks from gore-filled slow motion violence will want to see "Ninja Assassin." If you action films that don't make you think too hard then definitely see this one.

ME AND ORSON WELLES

Set in New York City in 1937, this film follows a week in the life of a young aspiring actor named Richard Samuels (Zac Efron). Samuels finds himself cast in Orson Welles' staging of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and falling for an older woman (Claire Danes).

Richard Linklater brings the 1930s theatre culture to life, directing this coming of age tale. Vincent Palmo Jr. who collaborated with Linklater on "A Scanner Darkly" pens the screenplay with Holly Gent Palmo. The pair adapts the novel with the same name by Robert Kaplow.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of the late Orson Welles, and those with an appreciation for the drama of the theater industry are the kind that should see this film. If you like movies set in the 1930s then "Me and Orson Welles" should be on your list to check out.

THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE

Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) moves with her much older husband (Alan Arkin) from New York City to a suburban retirement community. As she finds herself close to a nervous breakdown, her shiny image crumbles away to reveal her troubled past.

The woman responsible for 2005's "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," Rebecca Miller pens and directs this drama. Starring alongside Robin Wright Penn and Alan Arkin are Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Julianne Moore.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: If you like serious dramas that involve a character coping with a tumultuous past, you should see this film. Only people interested in seeing the kinds of stories that carry serious emotional weight will want to see "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee."

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.


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