Picks of the Week for November 13, 2009:
1) Pirate Radio (882 theatres)
Directed By: Richard Curtis
It hasn’t received very positive reviews and doesn’t have any hopes of an Awards campaign, but it’s another great role for Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Actually, the entire supporting cast is filled with great actors and actresses – Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, January Jones, Emma Thompson, Rhys Ifans and more.
Here’s what Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post has to say:
Despite its plentiful crude humor, “Pirate Radio” does have a soft spot. Remember that girl Lou Reed sang about in the Velvet Underground’s classic “Rock and Roll”? The one whose “life was saved” by a rock-and-roll radio station? Just when things look most dire for the embattled crew of Radio Rock, “Pirate Radio” attempts to return the favor.
2) Fantastic Mr. Fox (4 theatres)
Directed By: Wes Anderson
Suddenly the best animated feature race got really complicated with Fantastic Mr. Fox surpassing Up with the second highest rating of the year on Metacritic. There is still a lot of word that is waiting to come in – only 16 critics have registered on the Metacritic scale. If you’re in NY or LA, you get to check this animated film out this weekend.
Here is what Scott Foundas of The Village Voice has to say:
Film studies majors, cultural anthropologists, and Sunday arts section editors will surely have their hands full comparing and contrasting Anderson’s fast-paced, visually majestic Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is based on the 1970 book by Roald Dahl, to the season’s other high-art kiddie-lit adaptation, Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are. Question to look out for: Is this sudden renaissance of auteur-driven children’s films (Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland looming on the horizon) a by-product of Generation-Y’s willful refusal to grow up?
Skip These This Movie:
1) 2012 (3,404 theatres)
Directed By: Roland Emmerich
Box Office Predictions:
1) 2012 -$50 million
2) A Christmas Carol – $18 million
3) The Men Who Stare at Goats – $8.5 million
4) Michael Jackson’s This Is It – $8 million
5) The Fourth Kind – $6 million
6) Law Abiding Citizen – $4.5 million
7) Paranormal Activity – $3.5 million
8) Pirate Radio – $3.5 million
9) Where the Wild Things Are – $2.5 million
10) Couples Retreat – $2.5 million
It’s no secret that 2012 is going to just destroy the competition at the box office this weekend. A Christmas Carol will probably hold on for a decent second place showing and for the rest of the field it’s pretty up in the air. I predict The Box will drop on out of the top 10 to end its dismal run. This Is It loses a lot of theatres this weekend so I think The Men Who Stare at Goats might edge it out.
What movie are you seeing this weekend?