A solid weekend of movie choices approaches, but what’s on the menu? How about a few doses of adventure? A tablespoon of heart-pounding tension? Maybe something light after a long work week? Whatever you’re in the mood for, FKB provides you with some thoughts and trailers on the new releases this weekend. Enjoy!
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde
Genre: Drama/Action and Adventure
Based on the thrilling true story of the fierce Formula 1 racing rivalry between methodical Austrian Niki Lauda (Brühl) and English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth). Directed by Ron Howard ( The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13) and written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Howard’s Frost/Nixon) the film is earning praise for pulse-pounding Formula 1 races and the performances by the two leads. Howard plays to his strength of building characters and it seems to pay off.
Set in the 1970’s, the film chronicles the two very different drivers and their quests to become world champions while balancing life on and off the race track. The film seems to focus heavily on the incredible 1976 season where both drivers put their lives at risk for their ultimate passion. While The Da Vinci Code had sloppy action, further proving it’s not Howard’s strong point, he also made the fantastic Apollo 13 and the great character piece A Beautiful Mind. Seems like strong characters and some surprisingly good action photography could make this a hit. If there was a best bet this weekend, this is probably it.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2
Directors: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal
The animated 2009 hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs grossed nearly $250 million worldwide. With the way things work in Hollywood these days, a sequel was naturally put into motion. Original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller went on to direct the hilarious hit 21 Jump Street and new directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have filled their seats with what seems to be a lot of food puns. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but judging by the trailer that seems to be what the entire film consists of.
Luckily, there’s potentially something for everyone to enjoy. For the young ones, the creative and goofy food world the film offers up could be fun. For you parents out there, the fantastic voice cast is a treat and a few of the food puns seem to hit their mark (“Tacodile…SUPREME!” is a particular highlight from the trailer). This follow up seems to be a harmless, occasionally clever, goofy piece of afternoon entertainment for the whole family. Can’t say that every weekend.
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Lookout, Inception, 500 Days of Summer) marks his first outing in the director’s chair for Don Jon and word on the street is that it’s pretty good. He plays Jon Martello, Jr., a modern day Don Juan who lives in a world of objectification. He has no problem “pulling” a new girl every weekend, earning him the nickname “Don Jon” among his friends.
Jon also happens to be a porn addict. When he meets Barbara Sugarman (Johansson), he falls hard and quickly finds out expectations set by media culture don’t always mirror reality. While the film does seem to hold some promise (the style, the fake films within a film starring other celebrities, Tony Danza as Jon, Sr.), the trailer hints that the film might lack that certain “spark”. Should definitely satisfy a craving for a couple of hours of entertainment, but if you’re looking for something more serious (and much better) along the same lines, find Steve McQueen’s Shame
Have a fun weekend at the movies!