A belated Happy New Year to all. I hope you each had happy holidays and got a chance to view all of the movies you wanted to see.
I haven't seen James Cameron
" yet, although it's the top movie on my list right now. I've heard the film showcases some impressive visual effects, but that its dialogue and character development are not as strong. Regardless, I'm still anxious to see for myself.
2010 starts out with the release of "Daybreakers," "Youth in Revolt," "Leap Year," "Crazy on the Outside," "Wonderful World," and "Bitch Slap."
By 2017 a plague has mutated almost every human into a blood sucking vampire. With humans on the brink of extinction, the vampires face a complete loss of their food supply, but a researcher (Ethan Hawke) plots with a covert group on a way to save mankind.
German twins Peter and Michael Spierig the team who brought you 2003's "Undead
" share both writing and directing credits on this sci-fi/horror film. "Daybreakers" stars veteran actors Ethan Hawke
, Willem Dafoe
, and Sam Neill
. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Vampire junkies that can't get enough of the blood suckers on the big screen are the people who should see this movie. If you are looking for a bit of a different spin on the genre that places vampires as the dominant race instead of humans then you will want to check out "Daybreakers."
From the recesses of a trailer park in Northern California, teenager Nick Twisp concocts a wild scheme to lose his virginity to the precocious Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday
). The main element of his scheme involves creating a troublemaking alter ego to win her over.
Television director Michael Arteta helms this wacky comedy written by Gustin Nash, based on the book Youth in Revolt: The Adventures of Nick Twisp by C.D. Payne. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Followers of Michael Cera
since his days on the short lived TV show "Arrested Development
" will be interested in seeing him do what he does best in "Youth in Revolt." If you find Cera's awkward nerdy characters charming then you should see this movie.
Anna (Amy Adams
) has spent four years with her boyfriend, hoping for a wedding proposal. While he's away in Dublin, she decides to act on Leap Day, an Irish tradition that encourages women to propose to men on February 29th. A re-routed plane however brings her to the door of a Welsh innkeeper (Matthew Goode
) who might offer a new diversion from Anna's plan.
Anand Tucker directs this romantic comedy written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. Kaplan and Elfont have teamed up for a number of films, including their previous work, 2008's "Made of Honor
." WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Viewers who appreciate a formulaic romantic comedy should have no problem with this movie. If you're looking for a light hearted first date film, this one is probably a safe bet.
After his release from jail, Tommy (Tim Allen
) moves in with his supportive sister (Sigourney Weaver
) and her family. Among the many challenges Tommy faces, a big one is how to convincingly explain to his grandmother where he's been.
Actor Tim Allen makes his feature film directorial debut with this comedy. TV scribes Judd Pillot and John Peaslee who worked together on a number of shows since the late 80s, team up to write the screenplay to "Crazy on the Outside." WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Audiences that enjoy Tim Allen as an actor both on television and on the big screen will probably like him this role, even though it's a bit darker than his normal fare. If you're interested to see Tim Allen's first time in the director's chair then check this film out.
Ben Singer's (Matthew Broderick
) cynical worldview is darkened substantially by his roommate Ibu's (Michael K. Williams
) sudden medical condition, but the arrival of Ibu's sister Khadi (Sanaa Lathan
) might be the best remedy for both men's ailments.
Joshua Goldin, one of the scribes for 1990's superhero film "Darkman," writes and directs this drama. "Wonderful World" is Goldin's second time working with Matthew Broderick; he worked with Broderick previously in 1992, writing the comedy "Out on Limb." WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Fans of Matthew Broderick since emergence as a teen icon during the 1980s will probably be first in line to see this limited release. If you like watching a cranky, cynical character learn the error of his ways through love then "Wonderful World" is for you.
Three tough ladies travel across a remote desert to hijack $200 million in diamonds from a ruthless drug kingpin.
Rick Jacobson, a man who is no stranger to strong female characters, directs this action film. Jacobson helmed episodes of shows featuring strong women in the 90s like "Baywatch
" and "Xena: Warrior Princess." TV producer Eric Gruendemann shares the writing credit for the screenplay to "Bitch Slap" with Jacobson. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Grindhouse cinema patrons, who enjoy exploitation films, will appreciate this homage to cult movies of the genre. If you like B movies that are loaded with explosions and attractive women, but don't require not a whole lot of thinking, then you should go see "Bitch Slap."
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.