Picks of the Week for December 4, 2009
1) Up in the Air (15 theatres)
Directed By: Jason Reitman
A day after winning the National Board of Review award for Best Picture of the year Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air is released into theatres with about as much buzz as a film could have at this point in the year. It premieres in a limited release this weekend, so expect it to champion the weekend in per theatre gross. It has the release schedule that could propel it into Best Picture success.
Here’s what Joe Morgenstern from The Wall Street Journal has to say:
The best of “Up in the Air”â€”meaning most of itâ€”is right up there with the fresh and sophisticated comedies of Hollywood’s golden age. Comedies don’t have to prove anything as long as they entertain, which this one does lavishly. Still, Jason Reitman’s third feature proves that he’s exactly what he seemed to be in “Juno,” a filmmaker of rare distinction, and that when George Clooney finds the right material, which this is, he’s the equal of any star from that illustrious era.
2) Brothers (2,088 theatres)
Directed By: Jim Sheridan
If you want to save some money this weekend, go rent the original Danish version of this film from 2004 directed by Susanne Bier. However, if the thrill of seeing a film on the big screen is what you prefer this American remake should be worth checking out. Despite the unimpressive trailer for the film, a lot of early word has been pretty positive (especially David Letterman’s rave).
Here’s what Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune has to say:
The film is gripping—an honorable and beautifully acted addition to the tradition of homefront war stories. Director Jim Sheridan has prodded his actors to dig deeply and deliver the big emotions without going for capital-A Acting, also classified as capital-O (Oliver) and capital-S (Stone). The stars playing the brothers of the film’s title, Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal, have been variously effective and touching in much of their respective screen work, but their best stuff here is the their best stuff to date.
Skip This Movies
1) Everybody’s Fine (1,915 theatres)
Directed By: Kirk Jones
What are you seeing this weekend?