Saturday, October 18, 2008

FILM: New in Theaters - 10/17/08

MY PICK FOR THE WEEKEND: I don't know much about Mark Wahlberg's latest flick, an action video game adaptation called Max Payne, but I do know three things:
1. He's in it.
2. There's comic-book-worthy graphics.
3. There are killer action scenes.
What more do you need?

But...if you're looking for something a little more serious and relevant, I'd shoot for the much-buzzed about Oliver Stone biopic W, starring Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) as President Bush and Elizabeth Banks (Definitely, Maybe) as his wifey. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a comedy or a criticism--just the truth.

If you're looking for good old teenage fun and you've seen Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist already, then I would suggest trying the virgin-road-trip rom-com Sex Drive that should give Eurotrip a run for its money. It might star a few underrated actors, like Michael Cera's comedy partner Clark Duke (Dale on "Greek") and 27 Dresses' James Marsden, but it has a few memorable cameos (from the likes of Seth Green) and humiliating moments that should have you hooting and hollering at the screen. However, I must stress that nothing could possibly top the "journey of Caroline's gum" in Nick & Norah...although, that bit with the donut costume and the tazer does look pretty damn funny.

If you're interested in seeing if a 14-year-old Dakota Fanning can act better than she did in her glory days, then I would suggest watching the dramatic adaptation The Secret Life of Bees. Starring Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Paul Bettany, Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), Hilarie Burton ("One Tree Hill") and Tristan Wilds (Dixon on "90210"), the film tells the story of a young girl who runs away from home with her African American caretaker in the racist 60s to find out the truth about her late mother's past, while residing with three beekeeping sisters.

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