Some very good movies opening this weekend. Something for everyone. Check out the new releases for the upcoming weekend.
Cassandra’s Dream (Drama) – The story of two Cockney brothers (Farrell and McGregor) in south London and their relationship with a young woman (Atwell) who lands in London on her search for fortune. She crosses the two men by accident on her path and when one of them falls in love with her, she becomes aware of her power to attract the opposite sex and uses this to the point of leading the two brothers, who are in financial difficulty, into crime, and creating a dangerous rivalry between the two men.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Tom Wilkinson, Hayley Atwell; Directed by: Woody Allen
27 Dresses (Comedy) – Katherine Heigl, who earlier this year got “Knocked Up” in the hit motion picture comedy from Judd Apatow, and nabbed an Emmy® for her starring role as a surgical resident in “Grey’s Anatomy,” is always a bridesmaid but never a bride in the romantic comedy “27 Dresses.” From the screenwriter of “The Devil Wears Prada,” “27 Dresses” centers on Jane (Heigl), an idealistic, romantic and completely selfless woman…a perennial bridal attendant whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. But when younger sister Tess captures the heart of Jane’s boss – with whom she is secretly in love – Jane begins to reexamine her “always-a-bridesmaid…” lifestyle.
Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Edward Burns, Melora Hardin; Directed by: Anne Fletcher
Cloverfield (Horror) – On the eve of his departure for Japan, Rob (Michael Stahl-David) sees his going-away party as an opportunity to confess unresolved feelings and tie up loose ends. His agenda takes an unexpected turn when a jolt shakes the revelers. The crowd quiets down to watch news reports of an earthquake, then rushes to the roof to assess the damage. A fireball explodes on the distant horizon. A power failure follows. Confusion gives way to panic as the partygoers stumble through the blackout and into the streets.
Cast: Blake Lively, Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Stahl-David; Directed by: Matt Reeves
This is a strictly non-spolier review. Cloverfield will be unforgettable.
All is not well in the city of Manhattan. We know this because you can only have so many beautiful people in one opening scene without knowing that at least some of them are facing a horrible, gruesome, and more than likely, imminent end. Don’t worry, I won’t be elaborating on said end because this is strictly a non-spoiler review. Having said that, I don’t think I will be rocking anyone’s world by stating that this is unabashedly a monster movie. And it is a cracker.
Cloverfield is the boisterous brainchild of producer J. J. Abrams, creator of TV series Felicity, Alias, and that slowest revealer of secrets ever known to television, Lost. Abrams has taken the ‘every-monster’ that we have grown to love in b-grade cinematic classics and given that bad boy the old stars and stripes spin. We are not going to reveal what kind of monster it is, but it’s true what they say – they truly do things bigger in the United States of America.
Cloverfield stands out in the genre as enabling its audience to suspend disbelief. The veiling of the threat is exceptional and one of the chief reasons the film is such a gripping feast. Glimpses are not met with laughter, which is an achievement when you’re showing the tail-end of a monster that makes the Statue of Liberty look minute. In fact, all of the laughter happens in the ‘right’ places – during the moments of light-relief rest stops.
The obscured threat, combined with hand-held, first person point-of-view cinema-verite styling goes a long way in creating the claustrophobic tension that would have had me gripping the person next to me had I not been scribbling notes for this review. This film will make you experience life at the bottom of the food chain; a disconcerting and adrenelin-pumping place to be.
Click on the link below to read the entire review. It’s a good one:
Cloverfield arrive in theaters, January 18th but you can watch the new video clip right here. Check it out:
“Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.”