1. When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s …
“New York, I Love You” offers a collection of love stories in the same vein as its predecessor, “Paris Je T’aime.” The movie serves up an all-star cast, including Chris Cooper, Natalie Portman, Julie Christie, Shia LaBeouf, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Hayden Christensen, Ethan Hawke, Robin Wright Penn and many, many more. With an 8.1 rating on IMDb.com, I’d say it’s better to have watched this film than never to have watched it at all.
Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 16, 2009 (limited)
2. Skeletons in the closet
Director Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings”) brings another best-selling novel to the big screen. This time around, it’s Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones.” In the book, 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan from “Atonement”) is raped and murdered. The story follows Susie as she looks down on earth as her sister grows up and her dad (Mark Wahlberg) tries to find her killer. Academy Award winners, Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon, also star.
One problem I have is from the looks of the trailer, the rape isn’t part of the plot. It’s not like I expect them to show it, but it may not even be a part of the storyline. The detective (“The Sopranos'” Michael Imperioli) only mentions Susie Salmon’s murder, not her rape. Since the author was raped in real life, I think it diminishes the story if they glossed over that in the film.
Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 11, 2009
3. Laces out
As I’ve gushed before, Hollywood is turning Michael Lewis’ book, “The Blind Side” into a feature film. The novel focused on the game of football and Michael Oher, the underdog student who becomes a star on the field.
However, the movie adaptation appears to have turned its attention to Oher’s adoptive mother (Sandra Bullock), which was a smart move, in my opinion. Football movies don’t interest everyone, but emotional-driven human stories tend to draw in their fair share of moviegoers.
Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 20, 2009