As I sit here preparing this column, the Oscars have not aired yet, but I must admit there’s not a high likelihood that I will be watching them when they come on. Most years I’ll watch a few minutes here or there, if I’m interested to see who wins an award in real time.
The ceremony is drawn out and boring in my opinion, and requires sitting through too many commercials to warrant watching from start to finish. I care about the winners of various awards, just not enough to suffer through the tedium. I’m sure I’ll have some feedback for next week’s column though on the winners and losers.
Appearing in theaters this week post-Oscars are the Iraq war thriller “Green Zone,” the romantic drama “Remember Me,” the sophomoric humor of “She’s Out of My League,” the family comedy “Our Family Wedding,” and the Korean suspense film “Mother.”
Uncovering faulty intelligence in the war on terror causes a U.S. Army officer (Matt Damon) to go rogue as he seeks out Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable area.
“The Bourne Ultimatum” director Paul Greengrass helms this fast paced action thriller. Brian Helgeland, the scribe for “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” pens the screenplay, which is based on a book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of the Greengrass/Damon collaboration on “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” should be the first ones in line to see this film. If you appreciate Greengrass’s ability to build suspense and Matt Damon’s chops as an action star then you should check out “Green Zone.”
This romantic drama focuses on two young lovers: Tyler (Robert Pattinson) a troubled young man whose family has been rocked by his brother’s suicide and Ally (Emilie De Ravin) who has been living each day its fullest after witnessing her mother’s murder.
With a twenty year career in television, Allen Coulter makes his first foray into directing feature length films in this drama. Newcomer Will Fetters writes the screenplay for “Remember Me.”
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers looking for a serious romantic drama and coming-of-age story should see this film. If you like Robert Pattinson in the “Twilight” series but you want to see him in something different then “Remember Me” is your opportunity.
SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
An average guy (Jay Baruchel) lets his insecurities get in the way of his blossoming relationship with a beautiful woman (Alice Eve) he believes is out of his league.
Jim Field Smith moves past shorts to directing his first feature length movie with “She’s Out of My League.” The screenplay is written by John Morris and Sean Anders, the team behind 2008’s raunchy comedy “Sex Drive” and this year’s “Hot Tub Time Machine.”
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that enjoy sophomoric jokes and awkward moments are the ones this comedy is made for. If you enjoyed Jay Baruchel in goofy films like “Knocked Up” and “Tropic Thunder,” but you thought he did not have large enough parts, then you will have a chance to see him in a lead role for a change.
OUR FAMILY WEDDING
The preparation for this couple’s wedding is hilarious and stressful, especially since their feuding fathers (Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia) try to set aside their differences to help make their children’s ceremony a special day.
African American filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa directs this family comedy. Famuyiwa helped write the screenplay for the picture with Wayne Conley and Malcom Spellman.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: People who like African American comedies are the primary ones who should see this film. However if you’re just looking for a funny family-safe movie, then you should see it as well.
A mother begins her own investigation into the murder of a young woman in the hopes of exonerating her son, who she knows to be innocent of the grisly crime.
The man behind 2006’s “The Host,” Joon-ho Bong, directs this intense and mysterious thriller. Eun-kyo Park pens “Mother’s” screenplay with the assistance of Wun-kyo Park and Joon-ho Bong.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Foreign film aficionados will be interested in seeing this dark crime thriller. If you like stories where nontraditional investigators embark on a dangerous mission to investigate a crime, then you will probably love “Mother.”
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 ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.