This Weekend at the Movies: October 29, 2009

I don’t understand why studios don’t release a scary feature on Halloween weekend, or at least weekend’s where Halloween falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Of course, I know the attempt is to rake in the first weekend dollars beforehand and then hope the fact it is Halloween will make sure second weekend grosses are higher than they would normally be, but with the current release model everyone that’s going to see movies like Saw VI or The Stepfather have already seen them to this point. For these reasons we end up with a weekend like this one where the top movie was released on Wednesday and the following selections are either completely unknown or so bad the studio didn’t even screen them.

Michael Jackson’s This is It
There isn’t much more I can say about this one that I didn’t already say in my review. Then again, tickets for these shows were purchased weeks ago, which means no matter what I (or anyone else) say the exploitation of Michael Jackson is sure to be the weekend’s biggest draw. How high will it go and how long will Sony milk it? The current plan is for a two week release and it seems they may stick to that as iTunes is already taking preorders for the film and the DVD and Blu-ray box art is already online. Yeah, not a cash grab some people tried to tell me in the comments on my review. Who’s been lying to you?

This film is rated PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images.
The House of the Devil
Okay, so you could technically say a studio is releasing a scary movie on Halloween weekend and have me dead to rights, but when we are talking about a horror film being released in 3 theaters I’m not sure how well your case holds up outside of a brief technicality. I already reviewed this film and it’s just not that good. I have seen some online hype for it, but it really isn’t warranted. The film has a very slow first two-thirds and once things finally get going in the final moments it just doesn’t deliver.

This film is rated PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
I didn’t get an invite to screen this one and I’m not sure if anyone else did either. I’m not a huge fan of the original, but I recently noticed I have the Blu-ray while rummaging through one of my multiple bags of pushed-to-the-side movies and I may give it a second glance. However, if you plan on catching the sequel in theaters you better hope it’s showing in your area, because this puppy is only in 68 theaters.

This film is rated R for bloody violence, language and some nudity.
Skin
It feels weird not posting a single review this weekend, but I did just get the screener for this one yesterday and may try to give it a watch tomorrow or over the weekend and get a review online. For a while there this was looked at as a potential Oscar contender. It won’t be earning any of that kind of acclaim, but Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) did earn a Best Actress nomination for a 2009 British Independent Film Award so that’s saying a little something.

This film is rated PG-13 for thematic material, some violence and sexuality.
Gentlemen Broncos
I have heard some bag rumblings about this one and there must be some legitimacy to them considering Fox Searchlight didn’t screen this one for critics and only sent me wire articles to repurpose. Oh well.

This film is rated PG-13 for some crude humor.

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