Last weekend was a slow one with only one film, Bangkok Dangerous, hitting nationwide theaters. This week will hopefully make the post-summer slump a short-lived one with four new films entering the fray. Most of them come with a certain level of built-in audience although none appear to be surefire hits. In any case, you will have more options when you hit the cineplex this weekend.
Burn After Reading. (2008, 96 minutes, R, comedy, trailer) Last year the Coen Brothers stunned the world with the incredible No Country for Old Men. Will lightening strike twice? They have returned with a film with a decidedly different tone, although it still looks to be in their wheel house. The film is a dark comedy that centers on a disk of CIA secrets found in a gym locker room. The trainer who finds it, played by Brad Pitt, attempts to blackmail the original owner only to find plenty of trouble, including Russian involvement. The cast includes Pitt, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, and Tilda Swinton. Looks like a winner to me.
Righteous Kill. (2008, 100 minutes, R, thriller, trailer) Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino — what else do you need to know? Neither one may be in their prime, but there is absolutely no denying the talent these two possess and how linked their careers have been over the decades. This film marks the second time the two will be on screen at the same time (the other being Heat). This Jon Avnet film features the two as cops in pursuit of a killer whose acts resemble those of a man they captured years earlier. The cast also includes Carla Gugino, 50 Cent, John Leguizamo, and Donnie Wahlberg.
Tyler Perry's The Family that Preys (2008, 111 minutes, PG-13, drama, trailer) I've said it before, and will likely say it again, I really wish Mr. Perry would drop his name from his titles. I find it unnecessary and a little self-important. That aside, I don't have much interest in this film. I am sure it will be a good film, it just does not attract me. The film features lifelong friends played by Kathy Bates, as a wealthy socialite, and Alfre Woodard, a working class woman. Their lives are turned upside down by their adult children and the way they approach relationships and business. To get away from it, the two friends head off on a road trip. Something tells me this will be the weekend winner, what say you?