Last week I had a chance to catch "Invictus
," director Clint Eastwood
's latest effort. A lot of early buzz suggests the film should be a Best Picture contender at the Academy Awards, but I personally wasn't too impressed.
While "Invictus" isn't a terrible movie, it certainly isn't Eastwood's best. In many ways it just feels forced because the film tries too hard to send an inspirational message.
Eastwood explores a number of subplots that he never fully fleshes out, and he fails to establish the proper dramatic tension that makes a sports picture so powerful. As an audience member you never fully feel part of the action or that the rugby team is in danger of failing their mission to win the World Cup.
This week James Cameron
's highly anticipated "Avatar" debuts in theaters, in addition to "Did You Hear about the Morgans?" "Nine," "Crazy Heart," and "The Young Victoria."
A former marine who is paralyzed accepts a mission that sends him to the planet Pandora, where through a connection to a remotely controlled biological entity he's educated in the way of the Na'vi people. His attachment to this world puts him in direct conflict with his orders to penetrate the Na'vi and remove the barrier between them and the valuable ore desired by military and business interests.
Returning from a lengthy hiatus directing Hollywood blockbusters, James Cameron writes and directs a new sci-fi thriller. Starring Sam Worthington
of "Terminator Salvation
" fame, this film also features Zoe Saldana
, Sigourney Weaver
, Michelle Rodriguez
, and Giovanni Ribisi
.WHO SHOULD SEE IT
: Viewers who thought Sam Worthington excelled in his portrayal of Marcus in the most recent "Terminator" movie will be interested to see him continue in the sci-fi genre. If you've been a fan of James Cameron throughout his career, you'll probably want to see him blaze a new trail into CGI animation with this effects driven thriller.
An estranged couple from bustling New York City sees a murder and is relocated to a small town in Wyoming as part of the witness protection program.
Marc Lawrence, the scribe for the "Miss Congeniality
" series, writes and directs this comedy. No strangers to the romantic comedy genre, Hugh Grant
and Sarah Jessica Parker
star as the titular couple. WHO SHOULD SEE IT
: Audiences that appreciate the humor of fish out of water stories should see this film. If you find Hugh Grant or Sarah Jessica Parker charming on screen then this is the movie for you.
Guido Contini, a famous film director, struggles to find equilibrium in his professional and personal lives, as he engages dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.
A man experienced in translating the musical theatre genre onto film after 2002's "Chicago
," Rob Marshall
returns to the screen with the musical "Nine." Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella adapt the story from the Broadway play penned by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston. WHO SHOULD SEE IT
: Fans of the Broadway version of "Nine" should see how it translates on film. If you enjoyed Rob Marshall's "Chicago" you will check this movie out.
Bad Blake is a down on his luck country music singer with too many miles on the road, a number of marriages, and a history of drinking. Blake finds salvation however with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the man behind the music.
Making his directorial debut with this drama, Scott Thompson writes and helms "Crazy Heart." Seasoned actor Jeff Bridges
stars as Bad Blake while Maggie Gyllenhaal
plays Jean. WHO SHOULD SEE IT
: Anyone who understands the tough life of a musician on the road, will be interested in seeing this honest portrait of a working class person. If you feel that Jeff Bridges has capability to play serious roles you should see "Crazy Heart."
THE YOUNG VICTORIA
This dramatization focuses on the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's reign, as well as her lifelong romance with Prince Albert.
French director Jean-Marc Valée directs this film about British royalty. British writer Julian Fellowes, the scribe for 2004's "Vanity Fair
," pens the screenplay for this historical drama. Famous British actors in the film include Emily Blunt
, Rupert Friend
, and Paul Bettany
.WHO SHOULD SEE IT
: Anglophiles that enjoy historically based British films will want to see this modern portrait of Queen Victoria. If you like movies set during the Victorian era, then "The Young Victoria" 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.