Last week had a nice selection of films to choose from and an easy-to-predict top of the food chain. I look at this week's releases and see a trio of films that each have top of the chart potential; however, I do not see one that will run away with it. I suspect this will be a close race. That said, each film has its own appeal. Will any of these tickle your fancy and get you to part with your cinematic dollar?
Duplicity. (2009, 125 minutes, PG-13, romantic/thriller) This looks simultaneously interesting and dull. On one hand it looks like something I have seen before, but I cannot quite put my finger on it. Still, the pairing of Julia Roberts and Clive Owen is an intriguing one. Both are good actors and they seem like they would make a good pair. They play an ex-CIA and an ex-MI6 agent, respectively, who are looking to make a quick buck on a high stakes scam. There is another layer of interest in the form of the company heads the leads are trying to scam. They are played by Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti. I think it would be fun to watch these two actors spar.
I Love You, Man. (2009, 110 minutes, R, comedy) I am really looking forward to this movie. I believe this is the first official "bromance" movie. That is not a term that I particularly care for, but it seems appropriate when discussing this particular film. Paul Rudd is about to marry Rashida Jones, but he doesn't really have any male friends to ask to be a best man. So he heads out to make a new friend. He meets Jason Segel, who seems like the perfect friend. I am looking forward to seeing how it all falls apart. It looks like a Judd Apatow production and I hope it lives up to that potentially high praise.