Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"At the risk of stating the obvious, you're insane."

This week's Weekend Movie Preview is a little more complicated than usual. The movies that are out today are: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Adventures of Tin Tin. Coming out on Friday is We Bought a Zoo. On Christmas Day, War Horse and The Darkest Hour are in theaters.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is based on the first book in the trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to locate a woman who has been missing for forty years. He is aided in his search by a computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander. This movie stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Joely Richardson, Goran Visnjic, Joel Kinnaman and Embeth Davitz.

In The Adventures of Tin Tin, a young reporter sets out on a journey to find treasure on a sunken ship. Along with Captain Haddock, Tin Tin must find the ship before the evil Red Rackam. This animated feature showcases the voices of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Toby Jones, Cary Elwes, Tony Curran and Sebastian Roche. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson.

Matt Damon stars in We Bought a Zoo as a single father who relocates his family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. With the help of the eclectic staff, they work to return the zoo to its original glory. Along with Damon, this movie stars Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Hayden Church, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Elle Fanning, Angus MacFadyen, Carla Gallo, John Michael Higgins and was directed by Cameron Crowe.

Taking place in England during the first World War, War Horse starts with the relationship between a horse named Joey and a boy named Albert. When Joey is taken from Albert, we see the journey of the horse through the war and how he inspires every person he meets. This movie stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston and David Kross.

And finally....

The Darkest Hour is about five young adults who, while vacationing in Moscow, lead the fight against an alien race that has attacked Earth through our power supply. This movie stars Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman.

All of these films are getting good reviews, with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on top and The Darkest Hour without any reviews in yet.  We Bought a Zoo looks pretty good, but ScarJo makes me think again as I am not a huge fan of hers. War Horse in general does not interest me and neither does Tin Tin, so I would opt to go with Dragon Tattoo this weekend.

Also in limited release this weekend are: In the Land of Blood and Honey, Don 2, Pina, Miss Minoes, Newlyweds, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Albert Nobbs.