We’ve had a dry spell at the theater in recent weeks, though I did get out to see Contagion, The Debt and Warrior. All of those are excellent movies, especially Warrior, which I think will signal Nick Nolte’s big comeback.
This week, we’ve got Ryan Gosling as a fast driver, Sarah Jessica Parker as a harried mom, and James Marsden as a guy pushed to the edge. Take a look at what’s new in theaters:
I Don’t Know How She Does It: As an employee at a Boston-based financial management firm, Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) struggles daily to balance the demands of her high-powered career with the needs of her husband (Greg Kinnear) and children. When she gets an account that requires frequent trips to New York and her husband gets a new job, Kate finds herself spread even thinner. Complicating Kate’s life even more is new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan), who throws temptation into the mix.
I know this movie’s been done a thousand times, but I still love the harried-mom flicks, and moms everywhere will identify with it. Oh, and Greg Kinnear. ‘Nuff said. It’s directed by Douglas McGrath, based on the book by Allison Pearson, and also stars Olivia Munn, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Meyers, and Christina Hendricks. Rated PG-13 for sexual references throughout.
Straw Dogs: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) relocates with his wife (Kate Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.
A remake of a 1971 film, this one is directed by Rod Lurie and also stars Alexander Skarsgard (vampire Eric Northman on True Blood, who’s sort of the main reason I want to see this movie), James Woods and Dominic Purcell. Rated R for strong brutal violence, including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language.
Drive: A Hollywood stuntman (Ryan Gosling) who moonlights as a getaway driver for thieves finds that a price has been put on his head after a failed robbery. Directed by Nicolas Refn, it also stars Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman. Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity.
Also in Theaters: The Lion King in 3D. Will people go out to see this? I don’t know. The 3D factor isn’t enough to get me to the theater (especially since I nearly always choose a NON-3D option over 3D).