Thursday, November 27, 2008

TRAILERS: The Ugly Truth, Adventureland, Race to Witch Mountain, and more

Race to Witch Mountain: I've never seen the original, but much like the The Day the Earth Stood Still, these graphics will surely be a major improvement. As for the plot, The Rock is firmly where his fans like him, at the whim of two rambunctious kids (AnnaSophia Robb from Bridge to Terabithia and Alexander Ludwig from The Seeker: The Dark is Rising). Of course, these kids, who are actually blonde, blue-eyed aliens, can protect themselves and are only in need of a cab ride to a mountain that houses their spaceship, so that they can stop Earth from being destroyed. So, just to be clear. They can dissipate through solid objects, perform telekenisis and set things on fire, but getting from point A to point B is a struggle? Okay, sure. I'll overlook that, but The Rock as a cab driver is a bit farfetched. Would you ever get into a cab with a guy that huge driving? Not in New York you wouldn't. Nonetheless, I foresee children everywhere flocking to theaters for an alien adventure they won't soon forget.
Adventureland: My generation of college graduates were not...prepared, I guess, is the word to describe our lack of immediate employment. So this film is indicative of how financially retarded we all are and the unexpected options we were left with, as in working as a carnie. Jesse Eisenberg plays a guy who realizes that despite his college education, he's only qualified to work at an amusement park. Not because he has special training in giving out prizes, but because the employers of the park are a kooky couple played by SNL's Kristen Wigg and Bill Hader. While he works there, he meets an interesting group of imbeciles (Ryan Reynolds and Knocked Up's Martin Starr) and becomes smitten by another carnie played by the newly famous Kristen Stewart (Twilight). You can expect the "SNL" alums to be as weird as they usually are, for Reynolds to play his patent enlightened slacker role, for Starr to be the resident brain dead bud, for Eisenberg to play your average dork-next-door, and for Stewart to effortlessly ooze hot indie chick vibes. And since Superbad director Greg Mottola is at the helm, there's sure to be plenty of laughs.
He's Just Not That Into You: I still love this movie and its in depth look at relationships. If only February 6th could get here sooner.
The Ugly Truth: Katherine Heigl plays a TV producer who has to help promote a new relationship advice expert (P.S. I Love You's Gerard Butler) who she believes to actually be a perverted misogynist. To prove her of otherwise, he bets her that he can get the guy (Eric Winter of "Days of Our Lives") she's about to start dating to fall for her, since she's been having a little trouble with her control issues. If he doesn't succeed, he has to quit, even though his ratings are through the roof. How does he plan to get her the guy of her dreams? By shadowing her, giving her mid-date advice, and turning her into every guy's fantasy. Can't wait to see that bubble burst. But naturally we all know they'll end up falling for each other in the end, which doesn't make it any less fun to watch.

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