September is here, Labor Day is here, the end of summer is here (at least in principal). Still, the movies march on. This weekend sees three new films enter the fray and compete for the smaller audience's money. See anything that catches your fancy? I think the offerings all appear decent, although it is still pretty easy to rank the order I want to see them in. I think the better question is, will you be around to see any of them?
All About Steve. (2009, 98 minutes, PG-13, romantic comedy) Despite the light advertising behind this, I think it looks pretty good. It features two of the bigger comedy stars of the past summer in the suddenly hot Bradley Cooper and the always dependable Sandra Bullock, so that cannot be a bad thing. Next, the concept strikes me as pretty funny. Sandra plays a woman who falls in love with Bradley's character after a brief date and thinks they are a couple. He, however, sees her as a stalker. Funny stuff, no? I do not expect much from it, but could prove to be worth some time.
Extract. (2009, 90 minutes, R, comedy) Mike Judge returns to the big screen with Extract, his first feature on with a major theatrical since Office Space. An argument could be made for that being Idiocracy, which deserved a bigger release but ended up an a handful of screens for a weekend. Anyway, this one stars Jason Bateman as the owner of a vanilla extract factory. He must deal with work troubles, troubles with his wife (Kristen Wiig), and an attraction to the new temp (Mila Kunis). It looks like vintage Judge. The cast also includes Ben Affleck, Clifton Collins Jr., and JK Simmons.
Gamer. (2009, 98 minutes, R, action) From the twisted minds behind the Crank films comes another high concept feature. This one looks to be as action packed, but not quite as crazy in execution. It actually seems restrained by comparison. The idea is that online gameplay has advanced with the advent of mind control technology. Players take control of actual people (actually prisoners) in war games that are played to the death. Gerard Butler stars as something of a cult figure — a star prisoner who has not yet been defeated. Should be fun!