Thursday, January 12, 2012

"With all do respect, sir, I have done battle every single day of my life and many men have underestimated me before."

The big movies in theaters this weekend are: Contraband, Joyful Noise,  and The Iron Lady.

The Iron Lady takes a look at the life of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. She was the first and only woman to hold the position of Prime Minister in the United Kingdom and the film focuses on the price she paid for this power. Thatcher is played by Meryl Streep and the rest of the cast includes Anthony Head, Iain Glen, Harry Lloyd, Olivia Colman, Nick Dunning, Susan Brown and Jim Broadbent.

Joyful Noise is about the Divinity Church Choir in Pacashau, Georgia. They are under the new direction of Vi Rose Hill, played by Queen Latifah, much to the disappointment of lead singer G.G. Sparrow, played by Dolly Parton. Vi wants to continue with their traditional style while G.G. wants to change things up. The blossoming romance between G.G.'s grandson, Randy, and Vi's daughter, Olivia, just adds fuel to the women's fire. Also starring in this movie are Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan, Courtney B. Vance, Kris Kristofferson, Angela Grovey and Jesse L. Martin.

In Contraband, Chris Farraday returns to his abandoned life of crime in order to protect his brother-in-law, Andy, from a drug lord. He must head to Panama in order to smuggle millions in counterfeit bills and settle Andy's debt before his wife and son become the targets. This movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, William Lucking, Diego Luna, Robert Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.

In limited release is: Albatross, The Divide, Loosies, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Don't Go in the Woods. Also, as they did with The Lion King, Disney is re-releasing their animated movie Beauty and the Beast in 3D.

Of these films, The Iron Lady is the one that interests me the most. It has not been getting great reviews, but Meryl Streep is such a fantastic actress I cannot see how it could be that awful. I am also interested in seeing Beauty and the Beast, but that is just the child of the '80s in me :o)