The Wrestler - (98% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes)
Looks so nice, we thought we'd pick it twice. Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler finally expands this weekend, and unless you are allergic to movies that critics universally love, then I'd grab ten bucks and head out the door. Critics are saying Mickey Rourke gives a performance for the ages in The Wrestler, a richly affecting, heart-wrenching yet ultimately rewarding drama.
Bride Wars - (11% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes)
When a clerical error causes a clash in wedding dates - two best friends, who have planned out their perfect weddings since childhood, are now to be married on the same date! And someones got to give up their place. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway play the childhood friends (are they even near the same age) who play the immature game of ruin the other person's wedding. Let's hope this movie is Anne Hathaway's Norbit and she hurts her Oscar stock simply by appearing in crap like this. Good thing about January is great movies begin to expand from limited release just in time for us to avoid the studio's terrible releases, like this.
Gran Torino - (76% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes)
Clint Eastwood, shotgun, racial epithets, what's not to lure you into the theatre? In this Clint Eastwood tells the story of a grizzled Korean War vet's reluctant friendship with a Hmong teenage boy and his immigrant family. Critics are saying though a minor entry in Eastwood's body of work, Gran Torino is nevertheless a humorous, touching, and intriguing old-school parable.
Not Easily Broken - (23% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes)
Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and likely Oscar Nominee) stars in this relationship drama about a couple whose marriage is failing. Less than 15 critics have seen it, and it appears as though it might be a studios effort to cash in on Henson's current success.
The Reader - (60% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes)
Stephen Daldry directs this World War II picture about a young German boy who has an affair with a future S.S. Guard, and must stand by while she is put on trial for her crimes after the war is over. Critics are saying despite Kate Winslet's superb portrayal, The Reader suggests an emotionally distant, Oscar-baiting historical drama.
The Unborn - (6% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes)
David Goyer directs this supernatural thriller that follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves. Despite co-starring the ever great Gary Oldman, critics are suggesting this film isn't worth the price of admission. With some suggesting the film is more still-born than unborn.
- Greg MacLennan