Box Office Preview – November 12, 2010

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Director: Tony Scott

Writer: Mark Bomback

Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and peril, and some language.

Synopsis: An out-of-control train transporting dangerous chemicals must be stopped before it hits a sharp curve and is derailed.

Lars’ take: As much as I love Denzel, I have no interest in this movie whatsoever. It seems to draw from several formulas that have been done to death. I know it’s based on a true story, but it looks like they’ve adapted it poorly and I’m not excited about it at all.

Joel’s take: Not only do I feel like I’ve seen this exact same movie before, but I feel like Denzel Washington starred in it the last time too.

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Morning Glory

Director: Roger Michell

Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna

Stars: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, language and brief drug references.

Synopsis: An energetic young producer brings in a cranky veteran newsman in an attempt to save a struggling morning news program.

Lars’ take: Diane Keaton is always solid for a good performance and Harrison Ford has been very noble in staying away from movies because he’s advancing in age, but he’s still a talented man. The dynamic between those two should be really entertaining. Throwing in Rachel McAdams, an above par actress who is easy on the eyes, adds another element in there that I’m curious to see. I think it will be a good comedy with elements of truth we may have seen before, but with a new spin on them.

Joel’s take: This movie has a strong cast, a solid premise and it’s being produced by J.J. Abrams, one of the most talented people in Hollywood today. Yet somehow, I think the finished product is going to be less than the sum of its parts. I think it will have entertaining moments in it, but in the end I think it’s going to be underwhelming.

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Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause

Writers: Joshua Cordes, Liam O’Donnell

Stars: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language, and brief sexual content.

Synopsis: Aliens show up over Los Angeles. Mayhem ensues.

Lars’ take: It seems like they spent all of their budget on the special effects and none of it on the actors, who are below D-list. It’s hard to say without seeing it how the movie’s going to be, but I’m pretty confident in saying this one starts nowhere, goes nowhere and is full of mindless action.

Joel’s take: While I’m sure this is a terrible movie that you should avoid at all costs, I am happy to see Donald Faison
is still getting work. The producers of this one would have been better off chucking the script and just turning the whole thing into Turk and J.D. versus the aliens.

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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Director: Alex Gibney

Writer: Alex Gibney

Stars: Eliot Spitzer

MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sexual material, nudity and language.

Synopsis: An in-depth documentary chronicling Eliot Spitzer’s political career and subsequent bust for soliciting a prostitute, which features interviews with Spitzer himself.

Lars’ take: You read the premise for this documentary and it doesn’t sound the least bit interesting. As a matter of fact, it sounds boring as hell. Even watching the trailer, you think parts of it might be interesting, but it’s still probably going to be boring as hell. But with Alex Gibney’s name attached, you have to imagine it’s going to be something good.

Joel’s take: In the trailer, it’s nice to hear Spitzer say he brought himself down, but I still worry that this documentary is going to try to paint his as some kind of unfortunate fall guy. I don’t find Spitzer to be a very sympathetic figure and I’m not really interested in what lead to his downfall. Even if this documentary does manages to tell a complete and unbiased account of Spitzer’s political demise, it’s still not a story I’m overly interested in watching.

This week’s recommendations …

Morning Glory

While I don’t think it will be a very strong film, I think it’s your best bet this week.


I like Denzel.


HoboTrashcan’s Confidence Rating System

Since we force Joel and Lars to make a recommendation each week (using the classic “If a gun was pointed to your head and you had to pick one” scenario), we are also having them rate their confidence in their pick using HoboTrashcan’s patented Confidence Rating System. The system is on a scale of one to five, which breaks down as follows:

  1. Eddie Murphy – Like every film Eddie Murphy has done in the last decade, avoid this movie at all costs.
  2. Nicholas Cage – The movie is most likely awful, but like Cage, there is a chance it may still surprise you.
  3. Samuel L Jackson – With this rating, you don’t know what you are going to get. It could be another Pulp Fiction or it could be Jumper.
  4. Bruce Willis – Like Bruce Willis, chances are the film is good, but there’s always a possibility it’s another Surrogates.
  5. Morgan Freeman – The highest possible rating. The film, like Morgan Freeman himself, is a lock to be entertaining.

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