Land of the Lost
This comedic remake of the classic Saturday Morning show takes some license with the material, but it's got Will Ferrell and it's got Sleestak. Where can I buy my ticket? Ferrell plays scientist Rick Marshall, who's written a book on time warps (which is particularly odd since IMDB says his character is a Forest Ranger). Despite a Today Show interview that goes hilariously wrong, Marshall apparently proves his theories by traveling across time and space with two colleagues to a world of dinosaurs, ape people and lizard men. Check out the trailer below.
The Damned United
Michael Sheen of Frost/Nixon plays Brian Clough, who for forty-four days coached the Leeds United soccer team (or football team as they call it on that side of the pond). Based on true events, Clough was apparently a controversial figure. I got the impression the trailer was assuming I already knew who he was, so perhaps a different approach would be appropriate for the non U.K. markets.
Brittany Murphy stars as a writer who moves into an old house so she can work in peace, but the ghost of a young woman murdered in the house (Thora Birch) is getting in the way of her deadline. This looks like generic ghost plot number 4 and there's something about Murphy here I find off-putting. Not sure if it's her "I don't want to be bothered by the outside world" attitude or her out of control hair. Despite the premise this looks like a less than spirited effort.
A talented young Dominican pitcher with dreams of making it in the big leagues gets invited to Spring training in Iowa., where cultural barriers and an unreliable throwing arms threaten to stall his ambitions. No star power but it looks like an indie drama with potential.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Once again the plot of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been borrowed for nefarious purposes. Matthew McConaughey plays a celebrity photographer and lady's man who is visited by the ghosts of girlfriends past present and future in hopes of figuring out why he's such a jerk. Jennifer Garner also stars as his one true love. This one looks trite and predictable.
No, this doesn't have anything to do with that giant jet propelled turtle from Japan. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano, this is hard hitting look at how organized crime works in modern Naples, Italy. Saviano has been under police protection ever since the book was published and I doubt release of the film will help, but this one has piqued my interest.
Detective Danny Fisher (John Cena) is on the trail of a man who has kidnapped his wife and set up a dozen challenges for him to overcome. Presumably inspired by the 12 labors of Hercules, I think this film's gimmick threatens to outweigh its characters and story, but things apparently blow up a lot.
New this week on AOL Moviefone:
- Next Day Air - Scrubs star Donald Faison and Mos Def play delivery drivers who deliver a large shipment of cocaine to the wrong address in this action comedy. Check out the trailer:
- Cherry Blossoms - In this German language film an elderly man with a terminal illness is devastated when his wife suddenly passes away and decides to travel to Japan as he and his wife had always dreamed of doing.
- The Objective - Daniel Myrick, one of the directors of The Blair Witch Project helms this supernatural thriller about U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan dealing with a sort of Middle Eastern Bermuda Triangle.
- Of Time & The City - A visual essay about Liverpool, England told through home movies and newsreel footage.
- 500 Days of Summer - A young woman has her non-belief in love tested when a young man falls deeply in love with her.
- Donkey Punch - Horror thriller about three young women who make the mistake of partying with strangers on a boat in the Mediterranean.
- Echelon Conspiracy - Thriller about an engineer who receives a mysterious cell phone that saves his life, makes him rich, and may be the death of him.
- Fast and Furious - Second trailer for the new Vin Diesel sequel.
- Street Fighter: The Legend of Chung-Li - Film based on the classic video game series.
- Red Mist - An experimental drug allows a coma victim to leave his incapacitated body and take revenge on those who hurt him. Here's the preview:
- Friday the 13th - Remake of the classic slasher flick.
- Taken - Liam Neeson plays an ex special ops soldier on the trail of the people who kidnapped his daughter.