We're not really sure why, but Labor Day weekend has always been somewhat of a dud for us moviegoers. So, for the sake of tradition, we have but three new wide releases to choose to celebrate the kids heading back to school. Then again, if spy thrillers, indies and PG-13 horror movies are your idea of a perfect three-day weekend, then this is going to be the best Labor Day ever.
Either way, click here's what's looking good and what you should skip at the theater this Friday:
What's It About? In this horror movie centered around long-lost footage of NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 moon-landing mission, astronauts land on the moon, soon find out they're not the only ones there, and things go from bad to worse as they fight for their lives to get back to Earth.
Who's in It? No cast names are listed, but it's directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego and written by Brian Miller.
Where Is It Playing? Nationwide. (Showtimes & Tickets)
What Do We Think of the Trailer? Definitely intrigued by the 'Blair Witch'-on-the-moon premise, crossing our fingers that it delivers. (Critics' Reviews)
|You bet.||88 (41.9%)|
|No way.||122 (58.1%)|
'Shark Night 3D'
What's It About? Hard to say, really, but we think it has something to do with a bunch of young, attractive 20-somethings getting terrorized by a great big hungry three-dimensional waterbeast.
Who's in It? Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan and Chris Carmack; directed by David R. Ellis; written by Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg
Where Is It Playing? Nation-wide. (Showtimes & Tickets)
What Do We Think of the Trailer? Highly concerned that a horror movie about sharks on a killing spree is rated PG-13. (Critics' Reviews)
|You bet.||43 (19.9%)|
|No way.||173 (80.1%)|
What's It About?: Three Mossad secret agents infiltrate East Berlin in 1966 under orders to kidnap and interrogate an Nazi war criminal. Decades later as venerated heroes, the agents receive startling news that brings their once-secret mission back into the spotlight.
Who's in It? Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain; directed by John Madden; written by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, and Peter Straughan
Where Is It Playing? Nation-wide with an Aug. 31 release date. (Showtimes & Tickets)
What Do We Think of the Trailer? Has quite the cast going for it, but we weren't really blown away by the trailer. (Critics' Reviews)
|You bet.||151 (69.3%)|
|No way.||67 (30.7%)|
'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'
What's It About? A comedy about a middle-aged freeloader who lives to party at his dad's house and gets the shock of his life when his dad puts the house up for sale. Rather than mope about it, the freeloader decides to send the house out with a bang by hosting an orgy. His friends are hesitant at first, but then they warm up to the idea and start getting down to business.
Who's in It?: Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb and Tyler Labine; written and directed by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck
Where Is It Playing? Limited release.
What do we think of the trailer?: Not funny. (Critics' Reviews)
|You bet.||21 (13.2%)|
|No way.||115 (72.3%)|
|I would, but it's not playing near me.||23 (14.5%)|
'Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'
What's It About? A legendary detective is taken out of exile by the Empress who put him there to unravel the mystery behind the deaths her loyal subjects on the eve of her inauguration.
Who's in It? Andy Lau and Carina Lau; drected by Hark Tsui; written by Kuo-fu Chen and Jialu Zhang
Where Is It Playing? Limited release. (Showtimes & Tickets)
What Do We Think of the Trailer? Looks surprisingly awesome, in spite of the awful title. (Critics' Reviews)
|You bet.||25 (21.2%)|
|No way.||58 (49.2%)|
|I would, but it's not playing near me.||35 (29.7%)|
Other Limited Releases
'Saving Private Perez': A comedy about a Mexican crime lord who travels to Iraq to rescue his brother who's being held hostage by the locals. Starring Miguel Rodarte, Jesus Ochoa, and Joaquin Cosio, among others. Directed by Beto Gomez; written by Beto Gomez and Francisco Payo Gonzalez. (Trailer | Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)
'Bodyguard': A romantic comedy about a elite bodyguard who gets tasked with protecting a wealthy businessman's teenage daughter. Starring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor, among others. Directed by Siddique; written by Kiran Kotrial. (Trailer | Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)
'InSight': A thriller about a nurse who fails to save the life of a patient and starts to see visions of the patient's death through her own eyes. Starring Natalie Zea, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Adam Baldwin, among others. Directed by Richard Gabai; written by Aaron Ginsburg and Wade McIntyre. (Trailer | Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)
'Love Crime': A thriller about a powerful executive who begins toying with her new assistant's life, that is until the assistant starts turning the tables with deadly results. Starring Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas, among others. Directed by Alain Corneau; written by Alain Corneau and Nathalie Carter. (Trailer | Critics' Reviews)
'Seven Days in Utopia': A drama about a washed up pro golfer who befriends a farmhand in the middle of nowhere. Lo and behold, the old farmhand was actually a pro golfer in his heyday, so he takes it upon himself to teach this young whipper snapper how to get his game back. Starring Lucas Black, Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo, among others. Directed by Matt Russell; written by Matt Russell, David Cook, Rob Levine, and Sandra Thrift. (Trailer | Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)
New York Releases
'Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life': A biopic about the life and times of French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Starring Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, and Laetitia Cast, among others. Written and directed by Joann Sfar. (Trailer | Critics' Reviews)
'Love Exposure': An "extreme love story" between a boy obsessed with sinning and a girl who could kick his butt. Written and directed by Shion Sono. (Trailer | Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)
'I'm Glad My Mother is Alive': A drama about a teenage boy who tracks down the mother who gave him up for adoption as an infant. Starring Dermot Mulroney, Hope Davis, and Christina Hendricks, among others. Directed by Claude Miller and Nathan Miller; written by Claude Miller, Nathan Miller, and Alain Le Henry. (Trailer | Critics' Reviews)
'Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles': A documentary about a guy trying to unearth the truth behind mysterious, apocalyptic messages that have been appearing on the US city streets for decades. Directed by Jon Foy; written by Jon Foy and Colin Smith. (Trailer | Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)
So which movie are you most excited to see this weekend?
Top photos courtesy of Dimension Films, Focus Features, and Relativity Media. Center photo courtesy of Lionsgate. Bottom photo courtesy of Music Box Films.