This is the last four-release weekend for a while, which is undoubtedly a Good Thing, at least for Alex and I. We'll have reviews of Act Of Valor, which is every bit the Call Of Duty movie you might've imagined, and Wanderlust today, with Gone and perhaps Coriolanus coming up sometime this weekend. It's a decent weekend for kinda-crappy films, if you're into that sort of thing
|1. Act of Valor|
Is this the next Top Gun? Probably not, but the latest military-approved propaganda film certainly looks to both make some money and also inspire young men to enlist in the military. It'll be funny to see the Call of Duty players try to get through Hell Week, but more power to them, I guess.
I find Amanda Seyfried attractive, by which I mean I'd like to see her without her clothes on, but I don't know if I'd like to see her in a lame James Patterson-esque pseudo-mystery. I kind of doubt anyone else would, either. Look for this one to land softly at the box office, by my guess.
This R-rated comedy from the director of Wet Hot American Summer holds the promise (or threat) of Jennifer Aniston nudity, but really, I'm a bit surprised that she didn't put her foot down when they cast Malin Akerman as the second female lead. That'd be like the bridesmaid being eight times hotter than the bride.
|4. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds|
Tyler Perry always does well at the ticket window, so I'm sure this'll do a-ok. Too bad for Thandie Newton, though; I think she has a kind of talent that would lend itself well to some indie pictures, but she seems intent on making increasingly crappy major releases instead. Not that I'm saying this is bad, but it wasn't screened for critics, so...
|5. Around June|
I saw the trailer for this low-budget, shot-in-San Francisco film, and never wanted to see it again. This is on two screens, both of which I imagine are here in SF.
|6. The Forgiveness of Blood|
An apparently effective Albanian film about blood debts between families, this is only going to appear on a few screens here in the states.
|7. Tomorrow When the War Began|
This Australian film came out in 2010, but looks to score with a limited release here in America two years later in ten theaters. It looks like a mildly limited Red Dawn remix, but I know it's based on a young adult novel, so I'll give it some points for that. We'll see if the other two books in the series get similar adaptations; theoretically its reception here in the U.S. will help gauge that possibility. Because WOLVERINES!
|8. Neon Flesh|
I don't know much about this movie, except that its title is basically a Europorn movie come to life. That's all I have to say about that.