Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Movie Friday

"The Company Men" - Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner
This supposedly less depressing version of "Up in the Air" finds several business men who are suddenly laid off and left scrambling to put their lives back together. I can't figure out what to expect here. "Feel good" movies are alright as long as they don't get too schmaltzy and this is a superb cast. Then again, a move from November/December to January is always a bad sign. More importantly: is it weird that, after "The Town" and the interviews that came with it, I'm sort-of rooting for Affleck? I've spent years hating on the guy but darnit if I'm not finding that difficult these days. Weird.

"No Strings Attached" - Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher
A pair of life-long friends put their relationship to the test when they begin a "friends with benefits" affair. There's a bunch of these movies headed our way this year including one that's actually called "Friends with Benefits." Portman is wonderful but I'm uninterested. Also, what am to think about Kutcher in general? It's not that he's a bad actor necessarily, it's that I can't take him seriously. Every time I see him on screen all I can think about is "Punk'd." No thanks.

"The Way Back" (limited) - Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Mark Strong
Based on a popular novel, "The Way Back" focuses a soldier (Sturgess) who helps lead a group out of a World War II prison camp and across the continent to India. This is supposed to be quite tough and gritty but holds a great deal of interest for me. I'm sure it won't hit a theater near me so I'll have to wait for DVD. I am, nonetheless, very interested.

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