This Weekend at the Movies: November 13, 2009


These films are listed in order of popularity at the moment I generate the script and it is both encouraging and upsetting which film is at the top and which film is at the bottom. While I am excited to see the readership is interested in seeing The Messenger I wish more of you would have been interested in seeing Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is an excellent film. I could say the fact Fox is in only four theaters this weekend was part of the reason many of you aren’t looking it up, but The Messenger is working with the same number so that theory goes out the window. Oh well, do me a favor and keep an eye out for Fantastic Fox as it expands on Thanksgiving.

Now, let’s get into things.

The Messenger
This is a quality film, but it is a depressing film. For those reasons I’m not sure how many people are going to be turning out to see it. It’s only showing in four theaters in New York and D.C. and will expand next weekend so the numbers won’t be high this weekend and considering this is yet another war-related film I’m not holding my breath for it to catch on with the general public. If you want to check out the theaters it will be expanding to click here.

This film is rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity.
I have already said enough about this film in my review and we already realize it’s going to be the weekend’s big dollar earner as we have only to sit back and wait to see how big it will get. So, to keep things short, I will tell you this is a 158-minute film with a solid and entertaining opening 90 minutes that gets progressively worse from then on. Not an outright stinker, but also not very good. Disappointing may be the most appropriate description.

This film is rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language.
Pirate Radio
As anyone that reads this site regularly already knows, I am a HUGE fan of Richard Curtis’s Love Actually so without hesitation I was ready to sit down and watch this one despite the negative buzz that came from its April release across the pond. Rumored to have been edited and most certainly retitled from The Boat that Rocked, I’m not sure if there are any major content differences, but I enjoyed this film with a few nitpicks here and there. Then again, you put Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost and Kenneth Branagh in a comedy and I am going to be there no matter who directed it.

This film is rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity.
Women in Trouble
I know very little about this film outside of the fact Carla Gugino stars as a pornstar named Elektra Luxx. When you find out that is pretty much what they are running with in an effort to put asses in the seats you can pretty much throw in the towel.

This film is rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and for language.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
I guess I am saving the best for last as this is a must see film in my opinion. It’s my favorite animated film of the year and that’s saying a lot considering my love for both Ponyo and Up, but this one simply speaks more toward my sensibilities. Check out my review for more.

This film is rated PG for action, smoking and slang humor.