Has anybody here seen...
Fun Size - Josh Schwartz directorial debut. Some people here like him, right?
Pitch Perfect - This made some money, and I heard it was ok, but the board's been quiet about it.
Chasing Mavericks - Curtis Hanson. How bad could it be?
Trouble With The Curve - CLINT! The board's been quiet on this too.
Atlas Shrugged Part II - This was a thing.
Middle of Nowhere - Critically acclaimed indie with David Oyelowo. Heard strong things.
Won't Back Down - Tremendous flop, but it was in 2500 theaters. Someone must have at least seen it by accident. Viola Davis!
The Sessions - Probably an Oscar thing, but kind of lightweight and forgettable. True story of a writer paralyzed from the neck down who wants to lose his virginity, hiring a sex surrogate. John Hawkes is the guy, and he's pretty good, a witty guy with a strong sense of humor who has long accepted his fate and just wants a good bone. Bill Macy provides reaction shots as his priest, and Helen Hunt gets very naked (if that's your thing!) as the surrogate.
The Details - The Weinsteins bought this awhile ago, seeing some sort of breakout hit, but it looks like they sat on it and are now just dumping it. Too bad - it's pretty funny, if not exactly groundbreaking. Tobey Maguire (remember him?) is a suburban husband who keeps cheating little by little, making immoral decisions here and there, and they eventually start to pile up on him. Like a broader "A Serious Man," as Tobey cheats on his wife (Elizabeth Banks, very good), steals money, lies and cuts corners at every turn just to preserve his suburban existence. There is SO MUCH TOBEYFACE in this, so fans of the Spider-Man 3 gifs will be pleased. Good cast, with Kerry Washington, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert and a few other familiar faces. Laura Linney also - playing a crazy cat lady that's strangely hot.
The Thieves - Korean Ocean's Eleven. Heard bad things about this, but I liked it quite a bit. Lots of high octane action and great stunts, and a light sense of humor.
Smashed - Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul are married and they get drunk all the time. She decides to clean up, but he doesn't, leading to TENSHUN. Good performances, from them and Nick Offerman, Meg Mullally and Octavia Spencer in supporting roles, and the film skirts the line well between comedy and tragedy. Unfortunately it baaaarely squeaks it's way to the eighty minute mark, so overall it feels a little insubstantial.
The Loneliest Planet - One of the year's best, I would say. Gael Bernal and the gorgeous Hani Furstenberg (where has SHE been?) are a couple hiking in the mountains, in love and extremely smitten. Then something shocking happens, and everything changes between them, and I find it hard to not spoil what it is (so does everyone, judging by reviews), but it provides a very interesting look into these characters' psyches. Really great, fascinating stuff. And Furstenberg, god, she is gorgeous.
Wuthering Heights - I expected a stuffy period pic, but this is one emotionally violent, messy, confrontational adaptation, one that ditches the last half of the book. Heathcliff, black for the first time, is borderline deranged in his intoxicated infatuation with Catherine. And things get very ugly and downbeat. It's a frustratingly intense, upsetting film, I can see how it fell off the Oscar map so early. But really kind of a must, a very visceral experience.
Nobody Walks - Co-written by Lena Dunham, and loaded with all the sexin' you'd expect! John Krasinski (kinda awful) and Rosemarie DeWitt are a couple who welcome a sound technician into their house, except that she's supercute Olivia Thirlby, and she just wrecks it for everyone with her sexin' and fornicatin' and lustiness. You know how it is. Great score by Fall On Your Sword, and the movie mostly feels real and well-observed even when the awful Justin Kirk shows up. Fuck that dude. Ugh.
The Revisionaries - Very good super small doc about the Texas Board of Ed's Bush-era meetings to revise the state's textbooks and lesson plans. Very upsetting look at some of the people in charge of what today's children learn - would it surprise you that some are really dim Bible thumpers who teach the logistics of Noah's Ark? Best part is when one of them, during a meeting, listlessly petitions for the removal of rap and r&b teachings in a textbook to be replaced with country western music, to which the one black guy in the room says, "Uh, what?"
The Oranges - Dismal indie with a bunch of stars doing schtick. Hugh Laurie cheats on wife Catherine Keener with the neighbor's daughter Leighton Meester, and everything goes to hell. Or a very polite, boring, sitcommy version of it. Would you be surprised to learn part of the end involves an angry woman driving across a front lawn and wrecking Christmas decorations? Oliver Platt, Allison Janey, Alia Shawkat and Adam Brody are also in it, because this movie cannot get more 2006.