NEW IN THEATRES: The First of the 9s

Apparently the studios saved all the good movies for the end of the summer. The great indies are getting wider releases and the new movies are actually something to recommend. As we approach the end of the summer and into the Award season my hopes increase that this fall will improve on the lakluster year we have seen so far.

Here are the Film Misery picks of the week for August 14, 2009:

SEE:

district9poster1) District 9 (3,049 theatres)

Directed By: Neill Blomkamp

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% | Metacritic: 81

As I mentioned in my review earlier, it is refreshing to wind down the summer with a Sci-Fi action movie that actually has substance. Whether you’re a true science fiction geek or just looking for a summer blockbuster that doesn’t feel like a waste of time, I’d recommend checking this out.

View the Trailer | Official Website

Here is a paragraph from my review fo the film:

Filmed part like a documentary, part like a narrative thriller, District 9 has a fascinating and original concept that is executed by an up-and-coming director who is likely destined for great things. The film does have some crucial flaws, and is not immune from many of the mistakes of a first-time director, but it is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. It is a visual and technical marvel and a deep breath of fresh air in a summer filled with malodorous garbage.

 

ponyo2) Ponyo (927 theatres)

Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% | Metacritic: 88

The only animated filmmaker working today who rivals the staff at Pixar is Hayao Miyazaki. His hand-drawn animation is fantastic to behold in films that can be appreciated by adults and children alike. I have a feeling that audiences for this film will look more grown-up than any other animated film this year. However, if you do have kids, make sure they don’t miss it.

View the Trailer | Official Website

Here’s what Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times has to say:

There is a word to describe “Ponyo,” and that word is magical. This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched. It’s wonderful and never even seems to try: It unfolds fantastically.

 

SKIP:

1) The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (1,838 theatres)

Directed By: Neal Brennan

Rotten Tomatoes: 27% | Metacritic: 40

2) The Time Traveler’s Wife (2,988 theatres)

Directed By: Robert Schwentke

Rotten Tomatoes: 37% | Metacritic: 48

3) Bandslam (2,121 theatres)

Directed By: Todd Graff

Rotten Tomatoes: 80% | Metacritic: 65

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