Yes, summer is ending and it’s time to retire the flip-flops. Tragedy. Thankfully, there are several promising movies coming out this week, and they’re a great way to distract yourself from the fact that beach visits and hungover work days will quickly become a ghost of your past. Back to the grind, to the wool sweaters, to raking leaves, and making soup. But forget all about those things because this week “Taking Woodstock” will revoke the summer of love; “The September Issue” will remind you that fall means shopping; “My One and Only” will make you thankful you’re not George Hamilton’s mom, and “Fifty Dead Men Walking” will make you happy the ’80s are over. Now go choose your own adventure!
The Movie: “Taking Woodstock”
The Trailer: Director Ang Lee has 26 years of diverse movies under his belt, from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” to “Brokeback Mountain.” When he met Elliot Tiber, who wrote Taking Woodstock about his experience as the accidental host of Woodstock, he knew he had to make it a movie. Starring Demetri Martin as the hopeful young guy who invites a mass of hippies to his family’s hotel for the 1969 music festival, the film boasts a slew of celebrity co-stars like Emile Hirsch, Imelda Staunton, Paul Dano, and Liev Schreiber.
The Hitch: Demetri Martin is hilarious and wildly attractive and this movie looks hilarious, which should be the case, considering it’s depicting a festival attended by hundreds of thousands of stoned hippies who invaded a town and disrupted the grumpy locals.
The Movie: “The September Issue”
The Trailer: We’ve been hyping up “The September Issue” for months now—it’s the documentary following Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, and her staff as they put together the epic September issue in the summer of 2007. Entertainment Weekly says that though Wintour is the subject, the star is creative director Grace Coddington, who’s apparently the yin to Wintour’s yang.
The Hitch: So excited! With all the mystery and drama surrounding Anna Wintour, it seems shocking that she would allow cameras for the biggest issue of the year, but thank goodness she did because “The September Issue” looks fantastic and has received rave reviews. Now the hard time will be finding a showing near you since it’s only playing in New York until September 11, when it will open in select cities.
The Movie: “My One and Only”
The Trailer: Based on George Hamilton’s life story, “My One and Only” follows Ann Devereaux (Renée Zellweger) as she bails on her cheating rocker husband (Kevin Bacon) with her two sons, fashion-obsessed Robbie and George, who serves as the movie’s narrator. Ann drives the boys westward from New York to Los Angeles looking for a sugar daddy (including actors Chris Noth, Nick Stahl, and Eric McCormack) to support her brood.
The Hitch: I love when Zellweger plays Southern gals. This looks like an amusing depiction of another gold-digger mother, but the one who just happened to birth the tannest man alive. The tagline, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Husbands,” pretty much sums it up.
The Movie: “Fifty Dead Men Walking”
The Trailer: Based on Martin McGartland’s autobiography, “Fifty Dead Men Walking” depicts his life in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, from being a criminal to a service member of the IRA, relaying information to the Brits. The IRA called informers “dead men” and fifty is the number of men McGartland believes he saved in his work. Jim Sturgess (“Across the Universe”) stars as Martin, who was eventually captured, tortured (though he escaped through a third-story window) and shot six times. But he survived and remains in hiding to this day.
The Hitch: It’s really interesting to watch political period pieces from time periods you lived through, but weren’t privy to. I would watch any movie with Jim Sturgess in it simply because I find him to be the most attractive man in the world. His sporting a child-molester mustache and Cosby sweaters does not make him any less adorable.