New Movie Friday: Megamind! Due Date! 127 Hours!

Finally! Some movies I actually want to see are in theaters this weekend! After a dry spell populated by horror movies and Halloween fare, we’re starting to get some fun comedies, great family movies, and thoughtful dramas. Here’s the rundown on what’s new in theaters today:

megamind-poster Megamind. With a voice cast that includes Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller, this CG-animated family movie (in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D) is fun on multiple levels. The story follows the most brilliant super-villain (Megamind, voiced by Ferrell) the world’s ever known! Unfortunately, he’s also a colossal failure, thanks to the caped superhero known as Metro Man (Pitt).

But when Megamind actually defeats Metro Man, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant. Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day? Since it’s a DreamWorks production, there’s no doubt that all will end well. Directed by Tom McGrath (who also directed ‘Madagascar’ 1 & 2); 96 min.; rated PG for action and some language; Twitter; Facebook.

More after the jump…

Due Date. Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in a movie together? Sold! RDJ plays Peter Highman, who needs to be in L.A. in five days for the birth of his first born. He’s about to fly home from Atlanta when his luggage and wallet are stolen, and he’s put on the “no-fly” list.

Desperate to get home, Peter is forced to accept the offer of Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) to hitch a ride cross-country. It’ll be the most terrifying and agonizing journey of his life. Directed by Todd Phillips (producer and director of ‘The Hangover’); 100 min.; rated R for language, drug use and sexual content; Twitter; Facebook.

127 Hours. How fun! Moviegoers are fainting and having seizures watching James Franco cut his own arm off! Maybe I’ll hide my eyes during parts of this movie. Franco stars in the real-life story about hiker Aron Ralston, who gets trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah. And yes, he resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

If nothing else, this movie shows that you probably CAN do the unthinkable if you’re in a tight spot – so to speak — with no other way out. Directed by Danny Boyle (‘Slumdog Millionaire’); 94 min.; rated R for language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images; Twitter; Facebook.

For Colored Girls. I know Tyler Perry sort of rules the universe when it comes to starring, directing, writing and producing his own stuff. But is it just me, or are most of his movies actually the same movie with, well, the same actors? And his movies are always SO dramatic! This one’s getting some good press, so maybe it’ll be different and new. Plus, it’s based on Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning play, so there’s that.

The cast includes Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, and Kerry Washington, among others. Each woman portrays a character represented in a collection of 20 poems, revealing different issues that impact women, especially women of color. Directed by Tyler Perry; 134 min.; rated R for some disturbing violence, including a rape, sexual content and language; Twitter; Facebook.

Also in Limited Release:

Four Lions (limited)

Image: Dreamworks


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  2. Marthaandme Avatar

    Oh, I can always count on this blog to tell me what to see. I have to say I’m a little afraid Due Date is going to have that stupid, not-funny humor in it though. Franco is the new thing it seems.

  3. Melanie Avatar

    Looking forward to hearing what you have to say when you see these. I just don’t go to the movies without reading the reviews anymore.

  4. Susan Avatar

    Four Lions is already in my Netflix queue. I definitely want to see MegaMind in theatres.

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  6. Alisa Bowman Avatar

    I think we’ve been waiting for a year for Megamind. Thanks for the reminder that it’s finally out!

  7. Ruth Pennebaker Avatar

    I will go out of my way to see any movie with Robert Downey Jr. Since I’m claustrophobic and almost passed out during the trailer for 127 Hours, though, I think I’ll be giving that one a wide berth.

  8. MyKidsEatSquid Avatar

    Well the marketing is working–my kiddos are already quoting lines from the Megamind movie and they haven’t even seen it!

  9. Merr Avatar

    LIke Ruth, I love Robert Downey Jr. I’ve enjoyed Tyler Perry’s work…this new release is one I had not heard about until today!

  10. Sheryl Avatar

    Due Date is definitely on the list. Thanks for the reviews, Jane. Now I know what – and what not – to see!

  11. Ferrell speaks for evil Megamind with good intentions…

    Q. Where does Megamind rank on the cocky-but-insecure scale, compared with Ron Burgundy, or Ricky Bobby, or Chazz Michael Michaels from “Blades of Glory’’?A. He does need affirmation from Minion [David Cross’s sidekick character]. He needs to k……

  12. Jennifer Margulis Avatar

    Yes! Can’t wait to see this. Haven’t been to a movie in a l-o-n-g time. Megamind has got to be worth the money. Maybe we’ll go Sunday, if it’s up where we live… Thanks for the reviews!!

  13. sarah henry Avatar

    What a cool cast in For Colored Girls, on my to-see list. Great profile of Ntozake Shange’s creative, troubled life.

    Huge fan of Robert Downey Jr. too but that film got panned in my local paper. Your thoughts?

  14. sarah henry Avatar

    What a cool cast in For Colored Girls, on my to-see list. Great profile of Ntozake Shange’s creative, troubled life in this week’s New Yorker, fyi.

    Huge fan of Robert Downey Jr. too but that film got panned in my local paper. Your thoughts?

  15. Casey Avatar

    Aarrghh! Finally, there are movies I actually wouldn’t mind seeing in theaters and I’m overrun with writing deadlines! Can I bring my laptop to the movies? No one will kill me, right? 🙂

  16. Kris Bordessa Avatar

    I rarely make it to a movie in theaters, but thanks for the ideas for my Netfilx queue!

  17. James H Avatar

    Wow! loved the teaser of Megamind.. i am sure going to enjoy this one too

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