Friday, January 09, 2009

FILM: New in Theaters - 1/09/09

If you and your bff are in need of a heartwarming girls-night-out, I'd bring a box of tissues and score a bucket of popcorn for Bride Wars. Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson play childhood bestfriends--one a push over and the other a go-getter--who have their weddings accidentally booked at the same venue at the same time on the same date. The fact that they won't be each other's maid-of-honors is one thing, but having to split the guests and bridesmaids, and fight over the best DJs and caterers amps up the tension. So we have the quintessential components of a chick flick: conflict, sappy moments, archaic feminine rituals, and humiliation. What's missing? Oh right, the guys. Stabilizing the testosterone levels are the grooms Steve Howey ("Reba") and Chris Pratt ("Everwood"), Hudson's brother played by Bryan Greenberg ("October Road"), and her assisstant played by Michael Arden ("The Return of Jezebel James").
Selling Point: It was co-written by Casey Wilson, a newbie on "SNL."

If you want to watch an updated Exorcist, then strap yourself in for the stomach-churning, skin-crawling horror flick The Unborn. The story is about--not that it ever matters for the horror genre--a girl (Odette Yustman from Cloverfield and "October Road") who starts having vivid nightmares about a creepy little boy, who turns out to be her twin brother who died in the womb. He's trying to get his chance at life by possessing her--how ambitious of him. With the crack team of her bff (Meagan Good from Stomp the Yard), her boyfriend (Cam Gigandet from Never Back Down and Twilight in his first non-douchey role), and an exorcist (Idris Elba), she'll try to dispose of the little bastard.
Selling Point: It was written and directed by David S. Goyer, the guy who thought up the brilliant story behind Dark Knight and Batman Begins, who's been tapped to direct X-Men Origins: Magneto.

Golden Globe-Nominated Films
Catch these flicks before the Sunday night airing of the award show that's said to predict Oscar winners

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire
Rachel Getting Married
I've Love You So Long
The Wrestler
The Duchess
Dark Knight

Burn After Reading
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Last Chance Harvey
Pineapple Express
Tropic Thunder

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