Halloween weekend is upon us, and Hollywood is content with just one major release; however, there are a ridiculous amount of movies coming out in limited so it balances out. If you live somewhere that gets limited releases, I mean. Otherwise you’re just screwed.
Opening This Weekend in…Wide Release
Synopsis: The final installment in the Saw franchise hits the third dimension to tie up all its loose ends and kill a whole bunch of people in creative ways.
Thoughts: I’m so excited for Saw 3D that it’s almost sad. I love this series, convoluted chronology and all. I can’t wait to see how they tie up all the loose ends, and I’m especially excited to see Cary Elwes return as Dr. Gordon; his story is still a mystery and I’ve been dying to know what happened to him for years. The third dimension was an obvious move for money reasons (plus horror movies not directed by Wes Craven benefit from 3D), and I expect them to use it to its full gimmicky 3D. Say what you will about some of the installments, but you got to respect a horror series that tries to have some sort of threaded plot, even if they lose sight (and sense) of it as time goes on. Bonus points for that awesome over the top poster of brilliance. I’m there opening day.
Opening This Weekend in…Limited Release
Synopsis: Aliens come to Earth and six years later, half of Mexico is quarantined off to contain them. An American journalist ventures into the area in order to rescue the daughter of his boss. It’s not District 9…SERIOUSLY.
Thoughts: Monsters has been available on a bevy of On-Demand places for awhile, but it’s making its theater debut this weekend and I for one am dying to check it out on the big screen. The trailer did a good job of building excitement without showing anything, and I dig the low budget nature of the film (which wasn’t on purpose haha). If this is around your area, I definitely recommend it; Sci-Fi has done a damn good job of becoming a viable genre again.
Synopsis: The final installment in the Swedish adaptation of the Stig Larson novels. Lisbeth tries to take down the government along with her P.I. buddy…or something. Okay, I admit I have no idea what this movie is.
Thoughts: I haven’t read the books or seen the movies, so it’s up to you dear reader if this is going to be good or not. Noomi Rapace has been brought up as being considered for every movie in production in the U.S., so I assume she’s good. At the very least, she’s sexy because I want to make love to that poster. Worth the papercuts I think.
Synopsis: With the death of his daughter and his marriage in shambles, a businessman goes on a business trip to New Orleans where he meets a runaway he adopts as sort of a second daughter. You know, one of those “two strangers help each other” movies.
Thoughts: Although the plot is kind of generic, the trailer was actually pretty effective (check it out ) and looks like it contains some damn good performances by James Gandolfini and, yes, Kristen Stewart. Maybe she has more range than I thought (and no, Panic Room does not count!). Looks like more of a Watch Instantly-type of viewing though.
Synopsis: A documentary where artist Vik Muniz collaborates with the locals at the world’s largest landfill in Rio De Janiero, Brazil to, I assume, make art. Artists still do that, right?
Thoughts: Not my cup of tea, but it’s always nice to see an offbeat documentary get some sort of release. I also now know the location of the world’s largest landfill for bar trivia, so that’s always a plus.
Synopsis: A middle aged assassin (Bill Nighy) takes on an apprentice (RUPERT GRINT DOES OTHER MOVIES?!?), falls for a target (Emily Blunt), and tries to not get killed to death by the client he failed (Rupert Everett…RUPERT EVERETT STILL DOES MOVIES?!?)
Thoughts: Define “generic premise” and you’ll see Wild Target. The cast, however, is pretty damn impressive (Nighy won me over the second he showed up in Love Actually) and this could work. I probably will never find out though. And seriously…Rupert Everett still has a career?!? Weird.
Synopsis: Chinese funded and made, it’s based on the 1876 Tangshan Earthquake that claimed 270,000 lives.
Thoughts: I saw a teaser many moons ago that looked damn impressive, and if this is somewhere close by, you best believe I’ll check this out. I’m pretty sure it’ll be super depressing though, but sometimes it’s nice to be the one crying instead of making people cry.
That’s the docket for this weekend. Are you going to check out the final Saw, venture out to see some limited goodness, or just hang out and watch The Walking Dead on AMC?