Not that the films represented here are knock-offs, but each of them reminds me of a movie I've seen before.

10,000 B.C.
The title makes me think of 1966's One Million Years B.C., the only film to combine the way cool stop motion animation of Ray Harryhausen and the presence of Raquel Welch in a fur bikini. This new film about the early days of human civilization lacks the entertaining anachronism of ancient humans fighting dinosaurs, but there's some pretty decent CGI woolly mammoths and saber tooth tigers here. The story focuses on a mammoth hunter and his quest for a secure future for his tribe. Historically accurate? Doubtful, but it looks like an entertaining bit of eye candy.

Machine Girl
I had heard nothing about Machine Girl prior to seeing the trailer, but I want to see this one RIGHT NOW! This over the top and gory Japanese martial arts revenge movie contains elements culled from more kung fu flicks than you'll be able to count. A young girl embarks upon a path of vengeance when Yakuza murder her family and cut off her arm. Yakuza! Ninjas! Severed limbs! The Flying Guillotine! A man is forced to eat his own fingers as sushi and there's something called the "drill bra" that you just have to see for yourself. You've also got a big honkin' machine gun and a chainsaw at work. The trailer is extremely graphic, so if crazed kung fu carnage upsets you I suggest avoiding this one. As for the rest of us, the line forms behind me. I don't see this getting a wide U.S. release, so I suspect we may have to wait for the DVD. Scott Weinberg also seem enthusiastic about this one.

You Don't Mess With The Zohan
While this one kind of makes me think of Coming To America, it puts a modern spin on the idea by having a pretty obvious Borat influence. Adam Sandler plays an Israeli soldier who is tired of the fighting and moves to America to become a hairstylist. Now if I could only figure out what that cameo by Rob Schneider reminds me of. Oh yeah: every Adam Sandler movie I've ever seen. The trailer has a few laughs, but given the last few Sandler flicks I've seen, I wouldn't be surprised if all the good bits are in the preview. Here's what Erik thought of the trailer.

Virgin Territory
When I saw the trailer for this adventure/sex comedy set in the middle ages I thought, "My God, it's American Pie as a period piece," and my assessment seems to be confirmed by the fact that this film is being released in France under the title Medieval Pie. Three swashbuckling men (Tim Roth, Hayden Christensen and some guy I didn't recognize) compete for the hand of a fair maiden played by Mischa Barton. There's no pastry loving here, but there's something weird going on between two guys, two girls and a dairy cow. The production looks competent enough, but I don't think this is my cup of tea.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Well, it's a Simon Pegg movie, so I can't help thinking Shaun of the Dead. Sure, he's done films since then and I've recently discovered his British TV series Spaced, but every time I see him I half expect him to clean someone's clock with a cricket bat. Pegg plays a writer for an offbeat entertainment magazine who suddenly finds himself working for a very conservative publication in New York. Pegg shares the screen with Megan Fox, Jeff Bridges, and Gillian Anderson, but Mr. Pegg is enough to get me into the theater. Here's what Christopher Campbell thought.

And don't forget this week's new trailers over at AOL Moviefone:
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles - Trailer No. 2 - Freddie Highmore and David Strathairn star in this fantasy adapted from the novel by Mark S. Waters. Check out the trailer right here:


  • In the Name of the King - Uwe Boll directs this sword and sorcery epic based on the Dungeon Siege video game.
  • Bring It On: In It to Win It - Trailer No. 2 - More cheerleading competition drama from the Bring It On franchise.
  • Mad Money - Trailer No. 2 - Second trailer for the comedy starring Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes.
  • Caramel - A romantic tale set in a beauty salon in Beirut.
  • 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days - In the final days of Soviet communism, a woman seeks an illegal abortion in Romania.
  • The Walker - Woody Harrelson plays a socialite and friend to several woman whose husbands are among the most powerful men in the U.S. government. When he helps a friend cover up a scandal he finds himself the chief suspect in a criminal investigation.
  • 21 - Six MIT students embark upon a lucrative blackjack scam.
  • Duchess of Langeais - A French language film set in 1820s Paris and dealing with romance and vengeance.
  • Romance and Cigarettes - An ironworker is kicked out of his house when his extramarital affair is discovered and he must decide what he truly wants out of life. Check out the trailer right here:

  • Young at Heart - Documentary about a group of senior citizens who perform rock and pop tunes.
  • Mamma Mia- Feature adaptation of the Broadway musical that featured the music of ABBA.