OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening October 2, 2009
BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Invention of Lying (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Romantic comedy set in a mythical world where everyone is truthful and gullible except for the one person (Ricky Gervais) who has learned how to lie his way to fame and fortune while manipulating his way into the heart of the woman of his dreams (Jennifer Garner). With Tina Fey, Jeffrey Tambor, Jonah Hill, Rob Lowe and Louis C.K.
More Than a Game (PG for mild epithets and smoking) Overcoming-the-odds documentary recounting the hoop exploits and tight-knit friendship of LeBron James and the four pals he played on the same basketball team with from junior high through high school graduation.
A Serious Man (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and brief violence) Semi-autobiographical comedy set in
Toy Story I & II 3D (G) The much-beloved, animated children’s classics return to theaters in 3-D format. With voicework by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger and “Mr Warmth” Don Rickles.
Whip It (PG-13 for sexuality, crude humor, profanity and drug use) Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut and also appears in this adaptation of Shauna Cross’ best seller about a reluctant beauty pageant contestant (Ellen Page) who rebels against her mother (Marcia Gay Harden) by joining a rough-and-tumble roller derby team. Cast includes Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon, Eve, Daniel Stern, Juliette Lewis and Har Mar Superstar.
Zombieland (R for profanity and gory violence) Horror comedy about a hardy band of survivors (Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone) who seek sanctuary in an amusement park after America is overrun by man-eating zombies. Supporting cast includes Billy Murray, Amber Heard and Derek Graf.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Afterschool (Unrated) Youtube generation drama about an internet-addicted, prep school student (Ezra Miller) who dispassionately videotapes the deaths of a couple of classmates instead of trying to save them after an accidental drug overdose. With Rosemarie DeWitt, Emory Cohen and Addison Timlin.
As Seen through These Eyes (Unrated) Holocaust documentary, narrated by Maya Angelou, examines works of art created by Holocaust survivors imprisoned at
A Beautiful Life (Unrated) Screen adaptation of the stage play “Jersey City,” a romance drama about a runaway teen Angela Sarafyan) who falls in love with an illegal immigrant (Jesse Garcia) sharing shelter at an L.A. strip club. With Ling Bai, Dana Delany and Debi Mazar.
Director Abel Ferrara moved into
The Horse Boy (Unrated) Road documentary chronicling a
Intimate Enemies (Unrated) Algerian war saga, set in 1959, focusing on the strained relationship of a battle-hardened sergeant (Albert Dupontel) and an officer (Benoit Magimel) new to the front who is reluctant to participate in any barbaric atrocities or crimes against humanity. (In French, Arabic and Kabyle with subtitles)’
St. Trinian’s (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, mature themes, and drug and alcohol use) Sixth installment in the British comedy series set at the famed school for troubled girls finds the mischievous heroines hatching a plan to steal a priceless painting in order to save their financially-troubled alma mater from bankruptcy. With Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton and