November – 1st Weekend Movie Preview

We’re modifying our monthly movie previews starting today.  With all the different movies coming out every month and with awards season upon us, we’re going to do weekly previews so they are a little more manageable to read (and to put together), so here we go.

Ender’s Game is clearly the hot movie of the weekend, but there are a few others if you don’t want to fight the crowds.  Other than the big budget sci-fi film, there’s a family holiday movie, a couple of bio dramas, a romantic comedy, and an old guy buddy comedy.  It should be a fun weekend at the theater. generic viagra for sale online cual mejor generico viagra

Ender’s Game

Synopsis: The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.  Based on the novel by Orson Scott Card. Directed and written by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa ButterfieldHailee SteinfeldBen KingsleyViola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod… I still can’t quite believe this movie got made. This is my all-time favorite book series. For decorum’s sake I’ll leave it at that…

Felix:  The trailer didn’t evoke any emotion that made me want to see this movie. Other than adults that read the book, who was this trailer targeted to? And maybe the marketing team is the same as those that marketed Oblivion, which was an unfair movie campaign for a decent sci-fi movie.

Jennie:  I have not read the book or any of the series, so I’m going in with no preconceptions. It looks really well done and I’m generally a sucker for over the top sci-fi action movies.

Dave: I’ve read the book (when I was younger and then just again recently as a refresher). I’ve got some reservations in terms of what this story has the potential to turn into when made into a big blockbuster movie, but I’m cautiously optimistic. It does look to be well made. I’m a little worried that the trailer seems to be a little Harrison Ford-centric. This story isn’t about Harrison Ford (or the character he plays), it’s about Ender. I’m hoping that they didn’t shift the focus to Ford because he’s the big name star. I will also go ahead and say that I think I’m getting a little tired of Old Harrison Ford. Is it just me, or is he really not that great of an actor? That’s right, I said it. Please address all hate email to (P.S. Dear George Lucas, Please don’t sue me, or have me murdered, or force me to sit through a Hayden Christensen movie)

Felix: He was the bomb in Witness (because Peter Weir is a better director (PS Dear Mr. George Lucas, Emperor of Ewoks, Please don’t sue me, or have me murdered, or force me to sit through a Hayden Christensen movie. I DO forgive you for making Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, and Natalie Portman act like they don’t know how to read in your movies. Please don’t digitally replace my face to look like Jar Jar.)

Last Vegas

Synopsis: Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. Directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Michael DouglasRobert De NiroMorgan Freeman and Kevin Kline.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I’m not sure how you cram that much acting talent into a movie that looks so generic…

Felix: This movie has the feel of Space Cowboys, but without space. I make the comparison because the trailers for Space Cowboys didn’t do it justice to how enjoyable the movie was (I’m on my 43rd viewing on TNT). I trust the comedic genius of Kevin Kline, although he still owes me an apology for Road to El Dorado (more like road to Ishtar!).

Jennie: I think it will probably be enjoyable. Mainly because I think these guys are barely acting in this movie. It looks like they are just themselves… in Vegas… in clothes they didn’t pick out on their own. De Niro is probably swearing a little less since it’s a PG-13 movie.

Dave: I imagine this will be fun enough. Sure, it’s like “Hangover: The Retirement Years” but I imagine it has a chance to be good for the same reason an ensemble movie like the Ocean’s movies are good. In my head these guys are all friends in real life and just had a big party in Vegas while filming…which probably isn’t true, but it’s my imagination, so back off!

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Free Birds

Synopsis: Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history — and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. Featuring the voices of Owen WilsonWoody Harrelson and Amy Poehler.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: From the director (Jimmy Hayward) of Horton Hears a Who and Jonah Hex… Uh oh…

Felix: Ha! A movie about Turkeys that is sure to be a turkey of a movie. This bad movie is so meta!

Jennie: So are they successful? If so, isn’t that confusing to the target audience? If they aren’t successful isn’t that pretty messed up? “Well, we failed so all of our friends are dinner”

Dave: Whatever. Looks OK. Some funny jokes in the trailer… Just like all the other millions of animated movies they churn out each year. Sometimes I’m glad I don’t have kids so I don’t have to attempt to keep up with all the animated movies.

Jennie: Other than the moral conundrum I’m concerned with… kids will probably enjoy it, the voice actors are great, and it pretty much has cornered the market on main stream animated Thanksgiving movies… unless it’s just horrible of course

About Time

Synopsis: At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Written and directed by Richard Curtis, and starring Domhnall GleesonRachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I’m looking forward to this one quite a bit.

Felix: I’m looking forward to this one too. Rachel McAdams has climbed up the list since Kelly Clarkson got married, and it looks like one of those witty British rom-coms that is appealing to everyone AND it doesn’t have Hugh Grant. what age do you have to be to buy viagra cialis 20 mg viagra 100mg

Jennie: Richard Curtis’s movies (directing or writing) are generally pretty good. I don’t expect this to be a mind blowing movie experience, but a nice movie that can be watched over and over again.

Dave: I like the idea of this movie. Not your typical romantic comedy…which is always good.

Dallas Buyers Club

Synopsis: The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.  Based on the true-life tale of Woodroof this film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and stars Matthew McConaughey, Jared LetoJennifer Garner,and Steve Zahn.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: At the local film event talking about movies seen at TIFF, the phrase “haha, you just said Matthew McConaughey was good!” was uttered.

Dave: Looks great. I’d be shocked not to see this get several Oscar noms.

Felix: Yes, depending on how the Actor nominations pan out, I can see McConaughey,hey,hey get a nomination for this, or best supporting for actor for Mud.

Jennie: Yeah, this really is the year of McConaughey. With Mud, this one, and (potentially) The Wolf of Wall Street, he’s got to be nominated for something. I’m really looking forward to this one. More and more I think Jared Leto is underrated as an actor. Perhaps this role will get him a little more recognition.

Rob: How are we saying Jared Leto’s name right now? I’m pretty convinced that every time I say his name out loud the universe magically changes such that every other person on the planet knows that the longness, or shortness of that “e” are the exact opposite of however I just said it…

Dave: I generally go with “Let-o”…but I have no idea.

Felix: So it’s pronounced Jar-Id?


Synopsis: During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.  Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and stars Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews. should buy generic viagra buy cialis at walmart

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Felix: This is one of those movies that I won’t see unless it gets nominated for some awards. Based on the early reviews, I won’t be seeing it.

Jennie: Diana was such an amazing person and there are so many stories that can be told. I’m actually a little sad that this is the one that the first major motion picture about her (to my knowledge) is based around.

Dave: It’ll be interesting to see how much it focuses on the good things she did compared to how much it really ends up being about a torrid and forbidden love affair. Seems like it has the potential to be a really negative portrayal of Diana.

*Last Vegas photo courtesy of CBS Films

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