2009 marches on with its second weekend of releases. This week offers a little something for everybody. Whether you want comedy, horror, drama, or something for the family, this weekend has it. Not to mention a couple Golden Globe nominated films covering romance and war expanding their reach. Overall, it looks like a pretty good weekend to hit the cineplex.
Hotel for Dogs. (2009, 100 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) This looks like an enjoyable little film for the family audience. It centers on Andi and Bruce. Their new foster family does not allow pets, so they need to find a new home for their dog. They stumble across an old abandoned hotel where Bruce uses his penchant for gizmos to set the place up to take care of their beloved pet... and all of his pals. The situation escalates until the neighbors become suspicious of all the barking. Nothing special, but could be a little fun. The comedy includes Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, and Don Cheadle.
My Bloody Valentine: 3D. (2009, 101 minutes, R, horror, trailer) Yay! A horror film that is rated R! These seem to be few and far between. I only hope that it is at least halfway decent. It is a remake of the 1981 slasher about a town that doesn't celebrate Valentine's Day. The big thing they are selling this film on is the 3D. It scares me that the whole film is based on a gimmick, I guess we will see. It does look like fun, despite the goofy trailer.
Notorious. (2009, 122 minutes, R, drama, trailer) This could prove interesting. This biopic takes a look at the life of the Notorious BIG, from his youth as a drug dealer, to his rise as a rap sensation, to his tragic murder. The trailers look pretty good, although I have to wonder if the movie will appeal to a mainstream audience? could be interesting.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop. (2009, 87 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) Here is a movie that does not appear to have any real reason to exist. Still, I want to see it, as intellectually bankrupt as it appears to be. Kevin James stars as a mall cop (duh) named Paul Blart (double duh) who is not terribly well equipped for his position. He is put to the test when some robbers invade, taking over the mall. Paul has to fight to protect the place.