Great Stories’ new column for our movie trailer preview series is here. Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers. Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about. Movie release dates are subject to change.
The first week of the month boasts only one big release along with a bunch of moves in more limited release. Riddick is the third installment of the Vin Diesel series that started with Pitch Black so many years ago. The trailer looks to be a cross between the first two pictures in the series (with a focus on both the action and horror genres). Touchy Feely is an independent starring Ellen Page about a masseuse who is suddenly averted to human touch causing havoc in her marriage and career. Adore stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two moms who tread down a dangerous path through growing love affairs with each other’s sons. Hell Baby is an off-beat comedy/horror flick about an expecting couple who move into a cursed home, starring Rob Curddry and Leslie Bibb. Il Futuro is a foreign film starring Rutger Hauer as a fading film star who is romanced by a young woman who may have more then good intents. Bounty Killer is a mindless actioner that takes place in a world whose governments have all been replaced by corporations who wage wars of profit. Kristanna Loken and Matthew Marsden star. Its a fairly bleak week at the box office as the summer movie season goes through its death throes. In spite of not enjoying the Chronicles of Riddick, we are hoping that with the help of Diesel’s co-star Karl Urban (Judge Dredd), this franchise can get back on track. Check out the trailer below.
After a week of over the top gory sci fi action, what do we have to look forward to? A slew of films are on the docket. The Family stars Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer as recently witness protected heads of a crime family who find that while their identities have changed, the lifestyle is not so far behind them…a dark comedy for sure with some good star power. Insidious 2 continues the march towards the Halloween horror season. Informant is a documentary look at a man whose radical leanings find him in lockstep with a group of domestic terrorists but working with the FBI after a seeming crisis of conscience. Jayne Mansfield’s Car stars Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, and Billy Bob Thornton star in a movie about two very different families whose union is fraught with struggle following the death of one familiy’s matriarch. And While We Were There stars Kate Bosworth as a woman in an unhappy marriage who begins to fall for the advances of a younger man. We are hoping The Informant is playing somewhere close by because the documentary looks absolutely compelling. Failing that, Jayne Mansfield’s Car has an outstanding cast and looks like a very entertaining night out at the theaters. Check out both trailers below!
The official end of summer only two days away, the kids are back at school, and James Gandolfini returns before our eyes larger than life on the big screen as the object of affection for one woman (Julianne Dreyfuss) and the object of disdain for another (Catherine Keener). Will the women’s shared friendship allow for the success of romance in Enough Said? Thanks for Sharing is a Mark Ruffalo/Gwyneth Paltrow drama comedy about recovering sex addicts, Battle of the Year will attempt to dance its way to the top of the box office as a team dance competition draws competition from all over the world. The Colony sees Lawrence Fishburne and Bill Paxton lead a group of post-global warming apocalypse survivors against the threat of starving cannibals. Haute Cuisine portrays the life of the woman who became chef for French President Francois Mitterand. A Single Shot with William H Macy and Sam Rockwell relive events that look strangely familiar to the great movie A Simple Plan. COG sees a young intellectual integrate into what he views as a lowest common denominator culture but begins to find respect for those around him and their values. Prisoners looks like a grab you by the throat kidnap thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhall, and Terrence Howard. Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth puts down a different type of hammer (sorry for my obligatory Thor joke) to lock horns on the race track against his arch-nemsis (Daniel Bruhl) in Rush. Lastly, Stephen Dorff plays an Israeli fighter pilot who is shot down over Beirut and strikes an unlikely alliance with a Lebanese youth to escape his captors and return home safely in Zaytoun. It is the last entry for this week that has our attention. Zaytoun looks like a winner.
As we inch our way to October and the beautiful fall foliage (for those of you lucky enough to live in a similar climate!), kids all around the world will be looking for Italian food to fall from the sky with the release of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Inequality for All is a documentary that follows Carter and Clinton Administration official Robert Reich as he advocates his brand of economics for America. The relationship of real life pen pals Johnny Dark and actor/playwrite Sam Shepard is explored in the documentary Shepard & Dark. As I Lay Dying has James Franco take on William Faulkner’s classic novel of a family that is seeking to honor the wishes of their dying mother. Secret Lives of Dorks features cameos by Jennifer Tilly and Jim Belushi as a high school geek seeks his dream girl. Through the Never features a Metallica roadie running a simple errand that takes him on a very unexpected and dangerous journey. We Are What We Are looks to be a frightening movie-going experience as two young girls are brought into some very unorthodox family traditions after the death of their mother. Baggage Claim features Paula Patton in a mad rush to find romance when her one remaining sibling is engaged to be married and she determines to not be the only sibling without. And finally, Don Jon has Joseph Gordon Levitt discover the meaning of a real relationship and love in spite of his more shallow pursuits and hobbies. It’s a huge lineup of films, but we are going the classic literature route with the theatrical presentation of As I Lay Dying. Don Jon, We Are What We Are, and Prisoners al looks like solid entries as well. But check out the trailer that rose above this good list for us.
What are you most looking forward to seeing this month at the movies? Great Stories would like to know!
Chris (for the Great Stories team)