This week sees the arrival of a couple of high profile releases, featuring stars from Billy Bob Thornton to Jim Carrey. There is a drama, a thriller, a comedy, a little something for everyone. Last week, Ghost Rider opened and cruised right on by the predictions; will one of these new releases do the same thing? I tend to doubt it, but I am terrible at predicting these things.
The Astronaut Farmer. (2007, 104 minutes, PG, drama, trailer) I have to say as corny as it sounds, this looks like a good movie. It is an inspirational drama about a would-be astronaut who was dismissed by NASA but refuses to give up his dreams of space. Defying the odds, he sets about building a space-ready rocket in his barn. This action draws the attention of the FBI, CIA, and the military, all intent on shutting him down, not to mention the townspeople. It looks good, a story instilling the desire to dream and reach for the stars, literally. Billy Bob Thornton stars as the man with a dream; joining him are Virginia Madsen and Bruce Dern. Michael Polish (Northfork) directs.
The Number 23. (2007, 95 minutes, R, thriller, trailer) The quality of this one could go either way, but I have to see it. First off, the trailer looks pretty cool. Second, Jim Carrey in a thriller is an intriguing proposition. Third, my birthday is a 23. So, good or bad, I am there. Carrey stars as a man who becomes obsessed with a book about the ominous number, convinced it is about him. Co-starring is Virginia Madsen, in her second film of the weekend. Joel Schumacher directed. His last film was Phantom of the Opera, his career is a little spotty, but when he's on, he's on. I have my hopes.
Reno 911!: Miami. (2007, 84 minutes, R, comedy, trailer) How can this not be good? Wait, don't answer that. I have only watched the show every once in a while, but it is a very funny show, it is weird and wacky, and I am looking forward to how successfully they are able to translate that to the big screen. The film transplants them to sunny Miami for a convention, but are soon called to action when the Miami PD are all incapacitated.