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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Life as We Know It,' 'Secretariat,' & More

Evan Crean Evan Crean
October 4th, 2010 9:09am EDT

Life as We Know It

If you have not been to the theater to see “The Social Network” you absolutely must check it out.  David Fincher’s direction, Aaron Sorkin’s writing, and Trent Reznor’s score are all absolutely brilliant, making the film a serious Oscar competitor.  Feel free to check out my review of “The Social Network” here if you haven’t already.

This week theaters will be quite busy, presenting an extensive roster of films which includes “Life as We Know It,” “Secretariat,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” “Tamara Drewe,” “Inside Job,” “Leaving,” “Nowhere Boy,” “My Soul to Take,” “Stone,” and “I Spit on Your Grave.” 

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

Two singles (Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel) become parents to an orphaned girl after their mutual best friends die in a tragic accident.   

Television producer Greg Berlanti, who has backed shows like “Brothers & Sisters” and “Eli Stone,” takes his second shot at directing with this dramedy.     Newcomer Kristin Rusk Robinson pens the screenplay for this film with the help of Ian Deitchman.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT:  People that appreciate stories about unlikely couples finding love under forced circumstances should see this movie.  If you think that Katherine Hiegl and Josh Duhamael will have solid on-screen chemistry, then you should see “Life as We Know It.”          

    

SECRETARIAT

This biopic follows Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), a strong-willed woman whose racehorse, Secretariat, surprised spectators by winning the Triple Crown in 1973.   

Randall Wallace, known best for writing military stories like “We Were Soliders” and “Pearl Harbor,” makes his third directorial effort with this Disney sports drama.  Mike Rich, the scribe for other sports themed movies such as “Radio” and “The Rookie,” applies his skills to adapting William Nack’s book on Secretariat for the big screen.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT:  Horseracing fans that are looking to see the real story behind the great Secretariat should see this film.  If you think that Disney makes strong sports dramas that are exciting and well-written, then you should see “Secretariat.”

IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY

Craig (Keir Gilchrist), a clinically depressed teen, gets a fresh start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward, where he bonds with one patient (Zach Galifianakis) and falls for another (Emma Roberts).   

The filmmaking team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the team behind 2008’s “Sugar,” co-write and direct this off-beat comedy.  Boden and Fleck adapt the screenplay from a novel by Ned Vizzini which bears the same name.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT:  Viewers who appreciate off-beat comedies that are simultaneous coming-of-age stories are the type that should watch this film.  If you really enjoy Zach Galifianakis and his brand of humor, then you should see “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” 

TAMARA DREWE

A young newspaper reporter (Gemma Arterton), who was once considered an ugly duckling, returns to her village in the English countryside, where she causes quite a stir among the locals.

Brit Stephen Frears, the man responsible for films like “Dangerous Liaisons” and “High Fidelity,” helms this comedy.  Scribe Moira Buffini pens the screenplay for this movie, adapting a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds.    

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that love the dry British wit should see this comedy.  If you like romantic comedies where there are multiple couples at odds then you should check out “Tamara Drewe.” 

    

INSIDE JOB

This documentary promises to be a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis that occurred in 2008. 

Documentarian Charles Ferguson, who did 2007’s “No End in Sight,” directs this weighty look at economic crisis that started in 2008.  Chad Beck, an editor for “No End in Sight,” writes the script for this documentary with the help of Adam Bolt.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Financial analysts, as well as the average American, will be interested to see into the global economic crisis.  If you don’t understand the events of 2008 as well as you would like to, you should see “Inside Job” for further clarification.      

 

LEAVING

Bored with her stale marriage and life in the south of France, Suzanne (Kristin Scott Thomas) falls for Ivan (Sergi López), a handyman working on her property.  What Suzanne is completely unprepared for, is her husband Samuel’s (Yvan Attal) ugly retaliation.

French director Catherine Corsini helms this romantic drama about the challenges of finding new love when you’re still married.  Corsini also pens the screenplay with the assistance of Gaëlle Macé.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Foreign film aficionados will appreciate this romantic drama about the difficulty of leaving a marriage to pursue another relationship.  If you love British actress Kristin Scott Thomas, then you should watch “Leaving.” 

NOWHERE BOY

This film follows the early life of musician John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) in 1950s Liverpool, from his relationship with his aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and estranged mother (Anne-Marie Duff) to the founding of The Quarrymen. 

Sam Taylor-Wood directs her fiancé Aaron Johnson in his biographical film about John Lennon.  Writer Matt Greenhalgh adapts a memoir by Julia Baird for the big screen. 

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Beatles fanatics will be anxious to see what the early years of John Lennon were like. If you became a follower of Aaron Johnson after “Kick Ass,” then you should see the British actor take on a historical figure in “Nowhere Boy.”       

 

MY SOUL TO TAKE

A serial killer returns to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the night he was supposedly put to rest.

Horror master Wes Craven, the person who started franchises like “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream,” writes and directs this 3-D film. 

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Wes Craven followers that can’t get enough of the filmmaker’s work should see this movie.  If you like horror served up in 3-D, then you should check out “My Soul to Take.”

STONE

A convict (Ed Norton) uses his wife (Mila Jovovich) to seduce his parole officer (Robert De Niro) to help secure his release from prison.

After working with him on 2006’s “The Painted Veil,” John Curran teams up with Ed Norton again to direct him in this drama.  Angus MacLachlan, the author of 2005’s “Junebug,” writes the screenplay.  The film also reunites Norton and Robert De Niro, who last collaborated on “The Score,” back in 2001.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of both Ed Norton and Robert De Niro should be the first in line to see this film.  If you liked them together in “The Score” you’ll appreciate them playing opposite one another again in “Stone.”

 

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

A writer (Sarah Butler) travels to an isolated cabin in order to work on her latest novel, but after she is attacked and left for dead by a group of men, she decides to exact her revenge by trapping her attackers one at a time. 

Lifelong cameraman Stephen R. Munroe directs this remake of a 1978 film by the same name.  Newcomer Stuart Morse adapts the story for modern audiences.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Horror junkies that love the original movie should check out its updated version.  If you like twists on the traditional formula where the victims become the terrorizing force on their oppressors then you should watch “I Spit on Your Grave.” 

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