Thursday, February 23, 2012

"If you're not willing to give up everything, you've already lost."

The big movies in theaters this weekend are: Gone, Good Deeds, Act of Valor and Wanderlust.

In Wanderlust, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston play stressed Manhattan couple, George and Linda. When George loses his job, they move to Atlanta so that he can work for his brother. When that living situation becomes to unbearable, they happen upon Elysium, a commune inhabited by a lot of interesting characters. They must figure out if this is the community they have been needing or if it will just cause more problems for them. Along with Rudd and Aniston, this movie also stars Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Malin Akerman, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Kathryn Hahn, Kerri Kenney, Lauren Ambrose, Michaela Watkins, David Wain, Michael Showalter, and Michael Ian Black.

Act of Valor is about an elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs who are sent on a covert mission to save a kidnapped CIA agent. It stars active-duty SEALs and, while the story is fictional, the skills, tactics and bullets are all real. The names of the SEALs could not be released but there are a few actual actors in the film and they are: Roselyn Sanchez, Emilio Rivera, Ailsa Marshall, Gonzalo Menendez and Nestor Serrano.

Tyler Perry brings us Good Deeds, in which he plays Wesley Deeds, a successful businessman whose entire life has been scripted for him. Until he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office. After he helps her to get back on her feet, this one good deed sparks something in him and he sets out to change the track his life is on. Along with Perry, this movie stars Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, Eddie Cibrian, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy and Phylicia Rashad.

Gone is about a girl, Jill, who claims she was abducted two years ago and escaped. When her sister goes missing, Jill is convinced the same serial killer has come back and she sets out to track him down and save her sister. This movie stars Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy, Joel David Moore, Katherine Moennig, Michael Pare and Ted Rooney.

A friend of mine saw Act of Valor during one of the preview screenings and said that is was a "powerful story of the brave Navy SEALs" and that he "really enjoyed the unique mix of real stories and film making." He highly recommended that I see this film, so I probably will. I am also interested in going to Wanderlust because I have enjoyed director David Wain's previous films, including Role Models and Wet Hot American Summer.

Also in limited release this weekend are: The Forgiveness of Blood, The Fairy and Tomorrow, When The War Began.