Oscar season marches on…in New York and L.A. As for the rest of us, we get the following would-be blockbusters…
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Um…yeah. A remake of the 1951 science fiction classic, starring Keanu Reeves? I admit it sounds like a terrible idea, but then I saw that it’s being directed by Scott Derrickson, who I’m kind of a fan of. He directed 2005’sThe Exorcism of Emily Rose, which is a pretty underrated film in my opinion — if you’re ever in the mood for a funky little amalgam of 70’s horror and Inherit the Wind-style courtroom drama, check it out. In any case, I think that Keanu threatens to destroy the world and then doesn’t, or something. That sounds like a good way to spend a reel of film to me.
Recommended if you’ve never seen either of the following: 1. the 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still; 2. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
It’s a Bollywood romantic-comedy-musical! Who doesn’t love those? What more could you possibly want? Why wouldn’t you want to go? Especially given the other offerings this week…
Recommended if the annual glut of stodgy period dramas has got you down.
Yet another computer-animated family movie? We must have done something extra good this year! Actually, truth be told, this one looks watchable, if only for the epic fantasy visuals (which aren’t up to Pixar standards, but then again, nothing is). It also has the obligatory B-list all-star cast (Freddie Prinze, Jr.; Val Kilmer; etc.), in case you’re into that sort of thing.
Recommended if you love Shrek but hate all that irony.
Nothing Like the Holidays
Well, it’s the Christmas season, so it’s time for Hollywood to cash in like it’s going out of style. Fortunately, we don’t have to deal with another fiasco like Elf or Fred Claus, but…honestly, I can’t think of a single reason to see this movie. Then again, it is Christmas-themed. And I’m a sucker for that stuff. And Hollywood knows it. Ugh…one please, Mr. Pimply-faced AMC Theaters Employee.
Recommended if you liked The Family Stone; My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding;or While You Were Sleeping