There isn’t a day that goes by that someone asks me, "what’s good at the movies," or "what should I go see this weekend?"
Tough questions! What I like may not be your bag.
But since this is an in-between weekend at the movies with no major studio releases set to open in K.C., I’m spotlighting my choices in various genres from amongst all motion pictures currently showing throughout the metroplex.
Remember this is a great time to play catch up before the holiday fare starts to hit next week.
First, if ACTION is your ticket, then you can’t beat Tony Scott’s ultimate runaway train popcorn flick UNSTOPPABLE with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine.
I also got a kick out of RED – as in Retired Extremely Dangerous ex-C.I.A agent Bruce Willis along with Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Mary-Louise Parker and Brian Cox.
Loking for LAFFS this weekend? Then Robert Downey, Jr.’s DUE DATE is your ticket….even though Zach Galifianakis may wear you out.
And while it’s no ANCHORMAN, MORNING GLORY with Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Wilson should make you chuckle.
Want hard hitting THRILL-DRAMA? Nothing does it better than 127 HOURS, the remarkable true adventure of mountain climber Aron Ralston who, after becoming trapped in an isolated canyon, saved his life by severing his own arm.
Look for possible Oscar nominations here including one for Best Actor for James Franco.
Also impressive is FAIR GAME starring Naomi Watts as covert undercover C.I.A. operative Valerie Plame who was exposed via an allegedly politically motivated press leak. Sean Penn co-stars as Plame’s husband.
For FAMILY FILM FARE, there’s still the blockbuster HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOW – PART 1. But take note that this one’s definitely not for the under age 9 crowd!
A better choice for the young ones would be the computer animated TANGLED, Disney’s hair-raising tale of Rapunzel. TANGLED’s got it all: adventure, heart, humor…and lots of hair.
Finally if a CHICK FLICK is on your radar this weekend then you can’t go wrong with Jake Gyllenhaal and free-spirited Anne Hathaway in their R-rated LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS.
Or, BURLESQUE, in which Christina Aguilera follows her dream to L.A., landing a cocktail waitress gig at Cher’s Burlesque lounge. You guessed it, circumstances now propel our small-town girl to Burlesque stardom.
Agree or disagree with my picks but admit that you’ve got some serious catching up to do.
And this is just the weekend to do it.