This weekend offers a range of movie openings in theaters from the Adam Sandler flick Jack and Jill to Clint Eastwood's Oscar contender J. Edgar. No matter what kind of movies you enjoy best there's something in store for you this weekend.
Opening in Wide Release
Jack & Jill
Jack and Jill is a comedy starring Adam Sandler as both Jack and Jill, a pair of siblings who spend the holidays together despite their differences. Katie Holmes plays Jack's kind-hearted wfie, Erin. The film, directed by Dennis Dugan, comes no where near the Adam Sandler classics of Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore and currently scores a three percent from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Unless you're a die hard Sandler fan, we suggest you stay far away from this one.
J. Edgar is a clear Oscar contender with a star studded cast directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Dustin Lance Black (who also wrote Milk). The biopic explores the public and private life of the first director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. However, critics have mixed feelings about the period piece. The film scores only 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a far cry from the 96 percent of Eastwood's Unforgiven or 92 percent of Million Dollar Baby.
Immortals is a CGI, special-effects heavy film with little substance to back it up. If that's your type of Friday night entertainment, this is the film for you. The movie, directed by Tarsem Singh, stars Mickey Rourke as the brutal King Hyperion rampaging across Ancient Greece in search of the lost Bow of Epirus needed to overthrow the Gods, so he can become the master of the universe. Enough said. This film currently has 37 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but will surely do well as empty -- but visually stunning -- films tend to do.
Opening in Limited Release
Melancholia is an absolute must for the serious cinephile. Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Alexander Skarsgard star in this film directed and written by the infamous Lars von Trier. Despite his off-handed Nazi comments at the Cannes Film Festival this year, von Trier is known for daring dramas and Melancholia is no exception. In a discussion of the film, von Trier expressed frustration in how viewers normally go into end-of-the-world films knowing mankind will ultimately survive. The director therefore set out to portray the end of the world that will, in fact, end. The psychological film is beautiful, depicting disaster, depression and destruction. It is currently scoring a 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Into The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of LIfe
Into The Abyss is a Werner Herzog film investigating a triple homicide in Conroe, Texas. Herzog probes the mind of killers and the role the state places in capital punishment. In intimate interviews, Herzog tries to understand 28-year-old death row inmate Micahel Perry. The film urges viewers to question the American prison system in ways that only Herzog can. The film is currently scoring 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
11-11-11 is a horror film directed and written by Darren Lynn Bousman that capitalizes on the once-in-a century date of Nov. 11, 2011. The film follows author Joseph Crone from the United States to Spain where he unites with his family after the death of his wife and child. He begins to have strange experiences related to the number 11. The film seeks to scare, but has limited impact with the fleeting date of 11/11/11.
The Conquest is a French film directed by Xavier Durringer and written by Patrick Rotman. It chronicles the rise of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his quest for power. The satirical drama is enjoyable, but may be lost on those less aware of Sarko's ambition and goals. The film currently scores 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Greening of Whitney Brown
The Greening of Whitney Brown, directed by Peter Skillman Odiorne and written by Gail Gilchriest, chronicles the life of popular Whitney Brown who relocates to the country after her father loses his job and his family's financial security. The film is a comedy for kids -- fulfilling every little girl's dream to own a pony -- but will not be enjoyed by most adults. The Greening of Whitney Brown is currently scoring a eight percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
London Boulevard is the directional debut of William Monahan, screenwriter of The Departed. The film follows an ex-con (Colin Farrell) and his attempts to start a new life with actress (Keira Knightley). Though the film has potential, it falls flat and doesn't come close to the intrigue portrayed in The Departed. It currently averages a 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.