Wednesday, December 12, 2007

December Theatrical Releases

Last Week

The Golden Compass: Early reviews haven't been awesome, but I still want to see the talking polar bear fight the giant robot polar bear. Also: James Bond, Vesper, Sam Elliott, and Nicole Kidman.

Atonement: Ah, Keira. If only it also had giant polar bears.

Revolver: (limited release) Guy Ritchie returns to his roots with a new gangster film starring Jason Statham. Also, Ray Liotta. Unfortunately, it's taken two years to get it to the US from Britain, there's been absolutely zero publicity about it, and it's in limited release. That doesn't make it sound like a worthy successor to Snatch.

This Weekend

I Am Legend: I'm pretty much scared of how this is going to compare to the original story, but the trailers look good enough that I'm willing to give it a shot. At best though, I'm expecting my usual, enjoyable-but-forgettable experience with Will Smith movies.

Youth Without Youth: (LA/NY) Don't let the fancy mcschmancy roses on the poster fool you. It's really a story about Nazis trying to capture a scientist they think has discovered the secret to immortality. The movie's just going to look really, really pretty while it's telling it to you.

December 21st

National Treasure: Book of Secrets: The first one was everything that The Da Vinci Code should've been. I'm up for more.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story: It's probably the Johnny Cash references, but I think the trailer for this is hilarious.

P.S. I Love You: I know, I know. I'm just a little in love with Hilary Swank right now.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: (limited release) And Johnny Depp.

Charlie Wilson's War: I'm lukewarm about Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, but Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mike Nichols are always draws. And the trailer is funny and interesting.

December 25th

The Bucket List: It's telling that the poster realizes it doesn't have to say anything about what the movie's actually about. All it has to do is show Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman enjoying each other (and tell me that Rob Reiner's involved) and I know I want to see it.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem: I sorta liked this. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna like this too.

December 28th

The Orphanage: (limited release) Guillermo del Toro produced this horror movie and is bringing it to the US. And it's apparently wildly popular in Spain. That's enough for me.

Persepolis: (limited release) I've been hearing about how good the graphic novel for this is for a couple of years, so I'm interested in seeing what the fuss is about for myself. Especially since the animation is all done in the style of the graphic novel.

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