When it rains it truly does pour (unless you’re in Seattle, then is just drizzles 24/7). In the past week I started my new full time internship and haven’t had much time for reviewing, but this weekend marks the release or expansion of fours movies I am very excited to see so I will do my best to keep up to date on the postings.
First on my list as it will be for many others is Pixar’s Brave. Featuring the studio’s first female lead, a gorgeous setting of Medieval Scotland and very talented vocal cast, Brave is looking good to improve on Pixar’s recently besmirched history of high quality entertainment. Counter to the family fare of Disney Studios we have a lesson in theoretical history with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on a popular book from renowned mock-historian Seth Grahame-Smith, produced by Tim Burton and director of the man who brought us Wanted, Abraham Lincoln is Fanboy Bait incarnate (if only Joss Whedon could’ve been somehow involved…). Unfortunately, like most Fanboy Bait it will most likely please it’s core audience but fail to engage most moviegoers with it’s unusual premise. Being a fanboy myself however I am greatly looking forward to it.
Also opening is Focus Features’ Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a more lighthearted take on the typical apocalypse story starring Steve Carrell and Kiera Knightly. While I still mourn his departure from The Office, I’ve really enjoyed Steve Carrell’s increasing forays into the cinematic world. With a cameo-filled supporting cast and a unique premise, Seeking a Friend should most likely be a pleasant way to spend an evening. Also skewing towards the indie end of the spectrum is Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, which by this weekend should be playing in every major city across the country. Moonrise Kingdom started out as a critical darling and has since moved on to post some very strong box office numbers in its limited release. Whether it can keep that momentum going as it moves on to a wider audience remains to be seen, but I at least look forward to seeing whether or not the film lives up to it’s hype.
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