You spent last week partying, so you might as well give your liver a break and take it easy this weekend. Plus, you’ve got to start training for Thanksgiving and popcorn is kinda like a packing-peanut-esque expander for your tummy! I’ve been “training” for months and can already eat two pies in one sitting, so you’ve got some competition. Perhaps equally important, though, is the fact that there are some really great movies coming out this weekend.
The Movie: “Due Date”
The Trailer: Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) needs to get home in five days, in time for his wife’s due date. As he’s trying to catch a flight from Atlanta, he runs into aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) who forces him to take a cross-country road trip with him. Hilarity ensues.
The Hitch: I could watch Zach Galifianakis do just about anything. I’m still laughing at that line in his “SNL” skit where he said, “Sometimes I’ll do something and think, ‘That is so Raven.’” And putting his extremes against a deadpan Robert Downey Jr. is pure genius. I’m hoping that this bromance holds up to my expectations because I’m cosigning it regardless.
The Movie: “127 Hours”
The Trailer: Aron Ralston (James Franco) is a 27-year-old hiker who left his house in Aspen to go wander the red-rock formations of Canyonlands National Park in Utah, to soak in the landscape and get some alone time. He runs into a pair of cute hikers (Amber Tablyn and Kate Mara) and shows them a sandwiched-in cliff that drops into an underground hot spring. When he’s alone again, a similar maneuver leaves Aron wedged between a boulder and the rock wall, his arm crushed. Aron records his mental states on his camcorder.
The Hitch: The real Aron Ralston wrote a book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and since this is a true story, you’ll be happy to know that James Franco survives! And even though you know the outcome, the really interesting thing about this movie is the stages the human spirit goes through when fighting for survival.
The Movie: “Welcome to the Rileys”
The Trailer: Doug (James Gandolfini) and Lois Riley (Melissa Leo) have been married for a long time, but after their only daughter died, they grew apart. Doug goes on a business trip to New Orleans and runs into a teenage runaway stripper named Mallory (Kristen Stewart) and takes her on as a substitute daughter. His wife Lois is agoraphobic, but faces her fears to see what the hell happened to her husband. When she meets Mallory, she gets it.
The Hitch: As hard as “Twilight” tries, the franchise can’t make me hate Kristen Stewart. She’s a legitimately good actress. And she plays a down-on-her-luck Southern girl so well. And the premise is potentially good!
The Movie: “For Colored Girls”
The Trailer: A group of African-American women (including Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, and Anika Noni Rose) cross paths in a Harlem apartment building, with their own troubles, hurts and wrongs.
The Hitch: Based on Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf was originally a stage performance combining poetry, dance and music to create portraits of downtrodden but strong African-American women. Though the cast is great, some critics say that the play was perhaps better suited for the stage than the screen.
The Movie: “Megamind”
The Trailer: Megamind (Will Ferrell) was sent to Earth as a baby, alongside Metro Man (Brad Pitt), only Megamind landed in prison and became evil. Megamind actually manages to beat out Metro Man for control of the city and falls for his usual victim, Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey).
The Hitch: Tina Fey and Will Ferrell improvising banter? Sign me up! Actually, I’m still salty about watching “Date Night,” so even Tina Fey’s genius isn’t always enough. I would love to watch these actors interact in real life though. It’s too bad this isn’t live action.
The Movie: “Wild Target”
The Trailer: Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) is an assassin who took pride in the fact that he needed no one until he falls for a thief named Rose (Emily Blunt) who sold a forged Rembrandt to his client (Rupert Everett). Victor decides not to kill her and takes on Tony (Rupert Grint) as his apprentice along the way. The two think that Victor is a detective but his client wants Rose dead and won’t let them get away easily.
The Hitch: I’m really excited for Ron Weasley to get an edgier role and I don’t know why but I adore Emily Blunt. Maybe it’s because I’m an anglophile, because even though the heist adventure movie genre is usually lost on me, this looks pretty fantastic! Also, gotta see a movie with two Ruperts in it.
The Movie: “Fair Game”
The Trailer: Covert CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) was exposed by the Bush White House administration after her husband (Sean Penn) wrote a New York Times op-ed in 2003, suggesting that the administration manipulated intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The Hitch: Another true story, but this one is even more shocking. Naomi Watts met the real Valerie Plame, who lives in Santa Fe but requested that they meet at the Chicago airport. That’s how secretive she is. This actually looks really interesting.
The Movie: “Red Hill”
The Trailer: Police officer Shane Cooper (Ryan Kwanten) relocates to a small town with his pregnant wife, hoping for a quieter life. But on his first day, there’s a prison break and escaped convicted murderer Jimmy Conway is out for revenge.
The Hitch: I feel like Australia is such a great setting for westerns and it’s even better when it’s actually supposed to be set there and the actors can keep their accents for once. This looks like a hybrid of “Australia” and “No Country for Old Men” though, and I’m not sure if that’s a compliment.