JC: Opening August 26th

Posted: August 26, 2011 in In Theatres, J.C. Personal
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Don’t be Afraid of the Dark – Another remake opens today, but this time it is a remake of a lesser known made for TV film from 1973. A young girl(Bailee Madison) moves in with her father (Guy Pierce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes). Shortly after, the girl discovers that there are voices coming from a sealed fireplace in a hidden basement that promise friendship to the lonely child. Havoc abounds when the sources of the voices are released, and stuff. I was really on board for this one, but early reviews are not positive, citing the cast as boring and flat. Directed by first time feature director Troy Nixey, it worries me that Del Toro wrote this and did not direct it himself.

I’ve gone from “in” to “rent” on this one in the amount of time it took to write this.

Colombiana – Olivier Megaton (seriously… if this doesn’t do well, how many headlines will read “Megaton bomb”) French director of Transporter 3 directs the story of a girl (Zoe Saldana) who becomes an assassin after seeing her parents die. Sounds like any number of superhero origin stories, right? Well, one thing to note is that this was written by Luc Besson. Not sure who Luc Besson is? He was the writer on films such as La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional (The film responsible for giving us Natalie Portman, thank you, sir), The Fifth Element, The Transporter (putting Jason Statham on the map) and Taken. Also in this one, Zoe Saldana and Zoe Saldana. There may be some other people, but no one cares.

I’m interested in this one, but I’m not convinced that it’s worth a theater screening. I think I’m going to wait on this one too.

Our Idiot Brother – This may be the tipping point for Paul Rudd, going from “I’m okay with Rudd” to “I’m over Rudd”, but then again, this may be funny. You don’t know the director and have never heard of the writer (not to take anything away from them, I haven’t seen this yet, but they’re new). This movie is Paul Rudd playing what appears to be a clueless (HA!) idealistic moron who re-enters the lives of his sisters played by Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and the always charming Zooey Deschanel. Also appearing in this one are the lovely Rashida Jones, prominent typecast d-bag Adam Scott and the hilarious Steve Coogan and T.J. Miller. Was Joe Lo Truglio busy? My gut tells me that this will be okay as a collection of offbeat characters with comedic flaws, but haven’t we seen that enough? Probably entertaining, but not for my theater bucks.

In IndianapolisAttack the Block – If you haven’t heard of this one, you probably won’t like it. I’m not going to rehash this one. If you like sci-fi (not Syfy) check out Katie’s review here Attack the Block.

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    I remember “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” from my childhood–it scared the heck out of me.

    When we see the end of these stupid re-makes? When will we see original movies again? When will we be offered innovative, interesting films that challenge our preconceptions and remind us of the power and possibility of the moving image?

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