Here to take a look at the films coming out in wide and limited release this coming weekend. I’ll give you my thoughts to help you decide what’s worth checking out.
- If you are looking for a sweeping romance that transcends space and time:
Winter’s Tale - I cannot say that this looks interesting in the least. In fact I think I said “what the fuck?” as I watched this trailer for the first time. I still don’t really know exactly what’s going on with this. Colin Farrell is immortal? His girlfriend dies in 1916 and all of a sudden it’s modern day and he’s hanging out with Jennifer Connelly? This is barely explained in the trailer. I know it’s based on a novel and it certainly has a literary feel to it. Maybe it’s not translating very well to screen, but hey at least you can look at Colin Farrell for awhile if you see this.
- If you want a raunchy comedy with your romance:
About Last Night - This is based on a 1980’s comedic drama (based on a David Mamet play) starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore which had positive praise when it came out. This remake starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Joy Bryant (what’s up Parenthood fans) seems to be taking a less serious tone, upping the sex & comedy angles instead. This looks like you’re best bet if you’re going to to specifically see a movie for Valentine’s Day. It might be predictable, it might not be the funniest, but you probably aren’t going to dread the experience.
- If you’re a teenage girl going out for a V-Day movie with your girlfriends:
Endless Love - Unless you’re in the demographic, you probably shouldn’t be seeing this movie. The trailer literally tells you nothing besides teen girl meets teen boy, father does not approve. Is there more to this story? I know it’s supposed to be a remake of the Brooke Shields movie but that seems more like Fear than a Nicholas Sparks joint. That Endless Love sounds like a crazy movie that I kind of want to see, this one looks like a sappy teen romance. No thanks.
- If you want to ignore the Valentine’s fare altogether:
Robocop (on Wednesday 02.12) – I was excited about this one because I love Joel Kinnaman and I’d love a star-making vehicle for him. This one just seems to be middle of the road entertainment. Lindsay’s review will be up tomorrow, but from what she’s said this is good enough to be worth a watch on cable but doesn’t reach any notable heights to make it a must see. Maybe go for a drama next time Joel.
- If you want to see more of Emma Roberts after her snarky Madison in American Horror Story: Coven:
Adult World - This looks like a super light weight coming of age movie. I’m not really sure if it’s even worth a watch, but if you want to check something out on demand it could be suitable. It stars Emma Roberts as a college graduate trying to make it as a poet and supplementing her income by working at an adult sex store. She connects to her coworker (Evan Peters, her real life fiance) and a famous poet she admires (John Cusack) and most likely grows up a bit in the process. The part of the trailer that interests me the most is Cusack telling her not everyone is talented. I could kind of dig a movie where a self centered person finds out they are not the special snowflake they thought they were and gives up on their fanciful dreams.
Available on Video On Demand and see where it’s playing here.