Theater Watch: October 21th, 2007

by Paul William Tenny

Perhaps the big dog in theaters this weekend won't be a new arrival, but a flick that is expanding instead. Then again, there are no sure winners in the bunch and they could all easily end up equally sucking and wasting your entire weekend. Just so long as it doesn't turn you into an unsavory prick on Monday, that's all I ask..

Michael Clayton - The movie with a title that tells you absolutely nothing about the film, and has a trailer that confuses and makes me want to sleep for a very, very long time. Reviews have been really favorable and it wouldn't surprise me if it took the #1 spot this weekend, and yet I don't expect this to be raking up big bucks. Other than it's about a New York City Attorney, I haven't a clue what it's about.

It may end up an Oscar contender, which would continue the tradition over the past 2-3 years of Best Picture wins for films nobody went to see.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age - A sequel that nobody will go see, to this movie from last year that nobody went to see. A period drama about Elizabeth the first, apparently. You might want to go see it if like period dramas, are a fan of Cate Blanchett, saw and liked the first film, or are generally bored and looking for self-punishment. Openings in a tad under 2,000 theaters.

The Final Season - This sports drama in limited release (1,000 theaters) is a baseball game with a lot of familiar names in it and no mojo. Based on a true story about a highschool baseball coach helming the team during their final year before the school merges with another. Apparently the school has a great history of winning, blah blah. I love baseball but highschool baseball? No thanks.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married - Listed as a comedy, looks more like a weak drama based on a play. I've seen zero trailers for this and heard and read zilich about it on the 'net. Nobody is going to go see this if the studio won't get behind it and give it an honest chance. No offense, but having an all-minority cast doesn't exactly help its chances.

We Own The Night - Russian mobsters, city cops, a drug war, starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, and Robert Duvall. I changed my mind, I'm putting this at the top of the list. I've seen trailers but it hasn't had any serious push from behind by the studio PR guys. What the hell? This movie is going to be pretty good..

Interesting if not eclectic lineup, wouldn't you say? It's a tossup between Clayton and Night.

Your best bet this weekend is:We Own The Night
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