Thursday, October 13, 2011

"They're men, dear. If they ever stop competing, they die."

The new movies coming out this weekend are: Footloose, The Big Year, The Thing and Fireflies in the Garden.

In Fireflies in the Garden, Julia Roberts plays the matriarch of The Taylor family. Decades after leaving college to raise her family, she goes back to school and on the day of her graduation, dies in a devastating car accident. The film is about how the family deals with the tragedy and shows us how even a family that looks perfect from the outside is often not-so-perfect on the inside. Along with Roberts, it stars Willem Dafoe, Ryan Reynolds, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss Ioan Gruffudd and Hayden Panettiere.

The Thing is a prequel to the 1982 film by John Carpenter of the same name. It is about a paleontologist working in Antarctica who discovers an alien spacecraft with a seemingly dead organism inside. When the creature comes alive, she must join with the others in her crew to keep it from killing them all one by one. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen, Ulrich Thomsen and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

Starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black, The Big Year is about three men who decide to dedicate a year of their lives to living out their dreams. They do this by setting out on a quest to outdo each other by finding the most species of birds in North America. It also stars Rosamund Pike, JoBeth Williams, John Cleese, Kevin Pollak, Joel McHale and Paul Campbell.

Footloose is a remake of the 1984 classic starring Kevin Bacon. Ren McCormick moves from big-city Boston to small-town Bomont and is surprised to learn that in his new home dancing and listening to loud music are against the law. Ren challenges the local reverend, Shaw Moore, to reverse the ban and in the process falls in love with his daughter, April. This remake stars Kenny Wormald, Dennis Quaid, Julianne Hough, Andie McDowell, Ray McKinnon, Miles Teller and Kim Dickens.

None of these movies is getting fantastic reviews, but Footloose seems to be the best of the bunch. It is also the movie that I am most likely to see.

Also in limited release this weekend are: La piel que habito, Texas Killing Fields, Trespass and Father of Invention.