Some People's Kids: In Theaters Tomorrow…

Thursday, May 31, 2007

In Theaters Tomorrow…

There are four films worth mentioning this week. First and foremost is KNOCKED UP, Judd Apatow follows up THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN with his film about a one-night stand gone horribly wrong. Also being released tomorrow is MR. BROOKS a psychological thriller about a serial killer starring Kevin Costner. Lucy Liu plays the female version of THE CROW in RISE: BLOOD HUNTER. Our final film is about girls’ soccer and Elisabeth Shue’s attempt to play on the boys’ team back in the seventies.

I have heard nothing but good reviews about KNOCKED UP and that makes me happy. Judd Apatow seems to be the well-deserved flavor of the year as far as comedy writers goes and he brings with him a strong cast of characters and a bunch of friends to play them. Seth Rogan (Cal in 40 YEAR OLD) is not your average leading man, but his comic timing has been spot on ever since he and Apatow started working together on “Freaks and Geeks.” Katherine Heigl AKA the hottie on Gray’s Anatomy plays the other half of the one night stand (wowsers). Apatow cronies Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann play the lead supporting roles, and you’ll get a dose of Harold Ramis and B.J. Novak. This film gets my money this week hands down.

MR. BROOKS is another film that has gotten great reviews. Costner plays Brooks, whose alter ego (William Hurt) Marshall forces the man commit gruesome murders. Dane Cook plays a man who is blackmailing Mr. Brooks in order to learn the ways of a serial killer who has evaded the law for so many years (Dan Cook playing a serious role and the position of apprentice serial killer? Weird) Demi Moore plays the detective and I’m guessing at one point the target of the trio’s homicidal tendencies.

Lucy Liu plays a recently deceased reporter in RISE: BLOOD HUNTER who hunts down her killers. This seems like the type of movie to rent, nothing special but it will fill up some time in an otherwise boring day. This seems like a mix between THE CROW and BLADE… that means vampires, a naked Lucy Liu, Marilyn Manson and Nick Lachey. That’s right, somehow the former Mr. Jessica Simpson ends up in this quasi semi sorta attempt at a vampire movie.

I am extremely confused about the final film, GRACIE. If it were a cool sports film it would be about the legendary fighting Gracies, but instead it is about actress Elizabeth Shue’s attempt to join her school’s men’s soccer team in high school in the seventies. Oddly enough Shue is producing and taking a smaller role in the film, inviting her sister to join in the film and having her husband direct the pic. They had a nationwide search for an “unknown” and came up with Carly Schroeder, who apparently does a great job and does look quite a bit like Shue, which will be a good thing in a few years.

Box Office should look like this #1. PIRATES #2 KNOCKED UP #3 SHREK #4 MR. BROOKS #5 SPIDERMAN

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