New movies, again? It’s like they never stop. Every Friday, millions of dollars of celluloid hit the screen, battling for our eyeballs. And our eyeballs love it! So what movie should you take in this Friday before you do something else, like wrestle a bear? Well, you have plenty of choices – uplifting rugby drama, depressing ghost drama, or exciting fish comedy, to name but a few. Let me give you some more details on what hits theaters today.
Invictus – This has had Oscar buzz from the trailer, which is pretty impressive. Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela, who unites race-torn South Africa behind the country’s national rugby team, the Springboks, during the championship year of 1995. So this has everything that America loves – Sports! Race politics! Matt Damon! along with everything America hates – Rugby! Race politics! Other places in the world! – which has me curious on how it will actually perform. The performances look great and Clint Eastwood‘s direction has become some of the most assured in the business.
The Lovely Bones – Peter Jackson returns from Middle-Earth and Monster Island to return to a topic that has always fascinated him: what happens after death. Based on a novel by Alice Sebold, this stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, and Saoirse Ronan as a young girl who was murdered and just can’t stop hanging around her family and messing with stuff. Reviews have been seriously mixed, but I’m on board for whatever Jackson puts out – he did make Dead Alive, after all.
The Slammin’ Salmon – If you’re down for comedy this weekend, you’ve pretty much just got one option (unless you see The Bright Side drunk) – The Slammin’ Salmon, the new joint from Broken Lizard, whose Super Troopers is still one of the best cop comedies of all time. This new one centers around a seafood restaurant owned by the always amusing Michael Clarke Duncan. When he gets himself in dutch with the Yakuza, he needs to move seafood, and fast, and launches a contest among his hapless waitstaff to get fish on plates… or else.