Tomorrow evening I will have the opportunity to see Jason Reitman
's new travel comedy "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney
. I have read a number of early favorable reviews of the film, and I really like Reitman's movies, so I'm fairly excited.
Comedy seems to prevail as a common theme this week. At the box office there will be two dramas and three comedies. Two of the films premiering are American adaptations of foreign films. In addition to "Up in the Air" films opening this week include "Armored," "Brothers," "Everybody's Fine," "Serious Moonlight," and "Transylmania."
A new guard for an armored car company is pressured by his veteran co-workers to help steal a truck loaded with $42 million dollars. Flaws in their plan however divide the team, leading to a potentially lethal resolution.
James V. Simpson earns his first writing credit with this film directed by Nimród Antal. Familiar faces in this cast include Columbus Short
, Matt Dillon
, Laurence Fishburne
, Jean Reno
, Milo Ventimiglia
, and Fred Ward
. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Action junkies looking for the unpredictable elements of a botched robbery should see this thriller. If you like heist movies where nothing seems to go according to plan, then you should check out "Armored."
Returning from captivity as a prisoner-of-war Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire
) finds his ex-con brother (Jake Gyllenhaal
) has become the man of the house, where Sam's wife Grace (Natalie Portman
) has been living under the assumption she was a widow.
The man behind 2005's 50 Cent
biopic "Get Rich or Die Tryin'
'," Jim Sheridan directs this drama about the changing roles of brothers in a household. An adaptation of the Swedish film "Brødre" by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen, the movie is penned by David Benioff, the scribe for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Viewers who like family dramas that involve an element of sibling rivalry should catch this flick. If you appreciate the talents of Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Natalie Portman then you'll probably want to see "Brothers."
A widower (Robert De Niro
) embarks on a spur-of-the-moment road trip to reconnect with his adult children, only to learn that their lives are far from perfect.
Kirk Jones directs and adapts the Italian film "Stanno tutti bene" for American audiences. This family comedy stars Kate Beckinsale, Robert De Niro, Sam Rockwell
, and Drew Barrymore
. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Audiences that enjoy the Americanization of foreign films will probably enjoy "Everybody's Fine." If you like Robert De Niro in funny roles as much as you like in him dramatic ones, you should give this comedy a chance.
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a corporate downsizer whose treasured life on the road is put in jeopardy as he's on the verge of reaching ten thousand frequent flyer miles and he has just met the fellow traveler of his dreams.Jason Reitman
, the genius behind quirky comedy hits like "Juno
" and "Thank You for Smoking
," helms this film about frequent air travel. Based on a novel by Walter Kim, Reitman penned the screenplay with the help of Sheldon Turner. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Fans of Reitman's "Juno" and "Thank You For Smoking" will probably be the first in line to see this movie. If you find George Clooney's charming nature as something that draws you to his work, this comedy should be no exception.
When a successful lawyer (Meg Ryan
) finds out her husband (Timothy Hutton
) plans on leaving her for a younger woman (Kristen Bell
), she ties him to the toilet in the hopes of keeping him hostage until they work things out. Her plan is foiled however, by the arrival of his mistress and a pair of burglars.
Comedic actress Cheryl Hines
steps behind the camera to direct her first feature length film. Adrienne Shelly who worked with Hines on 2007's "Waitress
," pens the screenplay for this unconventional comedy. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
If you laugh at darker comedies that feature strong female characters, then you will probably find this movie hilarious. Those who find Cheryl Hines entertaining on "Curb Your Enthusiasm
" and loved "Waitress" will probably want to see "Serious Moonlight."
This horror comedy follows a group of college students that travel to Transylvania for a semester at Razvan University, which isn't as safe or as picturesque as they thought it would be. Classes are the least of their worries, when blood sucking vampires are on the loose.
The collegiate humor team behind "National Lampoon: Dorm Daze" and "Dorm Daze 2" brings us to Transylvania for this horror/comedy. David and Scott Hillenbrand direct this zany flick, while Patrick Casey and Worm Miller pen the screenplay. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Connoisseurs of sophomoric humor at its basest level are the type that should see this movie. If you bother with lesser films in the National Lampoon franchise like the "Dorm Daze" series then this comedy is up your alley.
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.