Weekend Preview – September 27, 2013

Looking for something to watch this weekend?  You’re in luck – you’ve got more options than you might know what to do with.

Blue Caprice PosterBlue Caprice

Blue Caprice delves into the psyche of the two men behind the Beltway Sniping a few years ago and examines the events leading up to the tragic events.  Focusing more on the relationship the two had than the actual shooting, it attempts to humanize them, or at least understand them to some degree, which some may find off putting.

Read my full review here.

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Metallica Through the Never PosterMetallica Through the Never

It’s easy to determine whether or not to see Metallica Through the Never.  Do you like Metallica?  If you answered yes, you should see it.  Do you dislike Metallica?  If you answered yes, you should not see it.  If you’re somewhere in the middle – you enjoy rock but are not explicitly a fan of Metallica, you may or may not enjoy it.  This is essentially a feature length concert going full blast the entire time, with some trippy music video plot elements woven in here and there between songs.  It’s pretty amazing to watch, but if you’re not a fan, probably stay clear.

Read my full review here.

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Don Jon PosterDon Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt does triple duty here as writer, director and star in this film about a guy whose porn addiction gets in the way of having a real relationship.  Definitely not a family friendly flick due to the content matter, but it’s a strong directorial debut with heart, humor, and something to say.

Read my full review here.

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Rush PosterRush

An intense, high octane story of two intense, high octane people.  Ron Howard brings us his vision of two real life racing legends – James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauder (Daniel Brühl).  Well known to have been fierce rivals in the 1970′s, these two Formula One drivers are icons of the sport.

This movie excels in all directions – acting, writing, directing, action, cinematography, story…  It may not feel as “important” as some other true events films (the upcoming Captain Phillips for example), but it’s a great gem all its own.  Definitely worth seeing as it expands nationwide this weekend.

Read my full review here.

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Enough Said PosterEnough Said

The late James Gandolfini‘s final starring role is in a sweet, emotional film a hundred times more genuine than most every other romantic comedy/drama out there.  When Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) realizes her new massage client and friend is the ex wife of the guy she’s just started to date (Gandolfini), things start getting complicated.  The chemistry is incredibly strong and the characters all likable or at least enjoyable to watch.  This is a perfect date night movie, though it is in limited release so it might be hard to track down.

Read my full review here.

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Baggage Claim PosterBaggage Claim

Baggage Claim is to What’s Your Number what Peeples was to Meet the Parents.  A cheap copy of an existing romantic comedy, marketed to the African American demographic.  I haven’t seen it, but I’m hearing it could be the worst film of the year (or even the decade to hear some people talk).  It involves a woman desperate to get married so she abuses her flight attendant privileges to track down her various exes and pay them a surprise visit, convinced one of them will be good enough to marry.  At the very least, it promises to be utterly predictable – Rotten Tomatoes has it at 14% right now.  I’d say to keep far away from this one and go for Enough Said instead.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 PosterCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

I absolutely loved the first Cloudy movie.  It’s one of my all time favorites.  You might not understand that if you haven’t seen it.  In that case, go see it.  I missed out on the sequel which involves Flint (Bill Hader) traveling back to Chewandswallow which has become a kind of Jurassic Park for “foodimals.”  I’m hearing it fails to capture the magic of the first, but I still plan on watching as soon as I have the chance.  At the very least it looks like a film kids will love even if it doesn’t quite live up to the first.

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