Weekend Movies: Buried Alive

If you stayed away from the Bond-packed theaters last weekend, this is your perfect chance to get out there to see ‘Spectre’. None of this weekend’s new releases are very promising.

The Christmas movie season starts this week with CBS Films’ ‘Love the Coopers‘. The director of ‘I Am Sam’ came out of retirement to deliver a holiday movie whose title offers absolutely no insight to its Christmas Eve plot. Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde star in this congested comedy about a dysfunctional family’s quirkier-than-usual Christmas Eve gathering.

Coming in just behind that in screen count is the big-screen dramatization of the well-known news story about the 33 Chilean miners who became trapped deep underground when the shifting “heart of the mountain” caused a massive cave-in. Unless you were stuck in a different mine when this 69-day story unfolded on worldwide news in 2010, you already know absolutely everything there is to know about the story of ‘The 33‘. Antonio Banderas stars as the lead miner in this entirely-English production, and French actress Juliette Binoche stars as the only above-ground, supposedly-Chilean female character in what feels like the absolutely longest made-for-television movie you’ve ever seen.

The smallest of the three wide releases is yet another lightweight sports drama. The screenwriter of ‘Hoosiers‘ and ‘Rudy‘ returns to both write and direct ‘My All American‘. Aaron Eckhart plays a well-known football coach who recruits an unlikely small kid. The story that ensues sounds like your average underdog sports tale.

After the disappointment of her last film, ‘Unbroken‘, Angelina Jolie is back at directing with ‘By the Sea‘. Since each of the films she’s directed (so far) has failed to earn the Oscar praise they were initially predicted to get, Jolie decided to get this one done on her own by casting herself and her husband (Brad Pitt) in leading roles. The 1970s-set drama tells the story of a couple whose marriage has completely fizzled out, so they take to traveling in order to find their romantic spark again. Along the way, they meet interesting characters who help bring them closer. With Pitt, Jolie and Mélanie Laurent co-starring, perhaps this one will finally get Jolie some recognition as a filmmaker?

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  1. EM

    Tomorrow I’m seeing a very new release, as I think it’s a preview (albeit of a film I think unlikely to go into wide release anyway)—Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room.

    Right now I’m at another movie—the intermission of the 1925 silent Ben-Hur—come on, chariot race!

    But Ican go current and mainstream, too. For the weekend I’m also planning on a 3D showing of The Peanuts Movie.

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