Weekend Movies: Cops and Robbers… and Stoners

If you thought the early October releases were weak, I don’t think it gets any worse than this.

The pot-smoking deviants Harold and Kumar are back with ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas‘. Six years after escaping Guantanamo Bay, Harold and Kumar are now estranged. When reunited, they set off on a Christmas quest through New York City and the shenanigans start all over. Somehow, despite being killed in the last movie, N.P.H. is back. Also joining the cast are Danny Trejo, Thomas Lennon, Patton Oswald, the RZA, Elias Koteas and, I’m sure, a few other surprise cameos.

Brett Ratner returns to the big screen director’s chair for the first time since 2007’s ‘Rush Hour 3’ with ‘Tower Heist‘, an ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ knockoff starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, and Matthew Broderick. Stiller plays the manager of NYC’s most exclusive apartment tower. When it’s revealed that the owner of the penthouse (Alda), with whom the building’s staff all invested their life savings, is being prosecuted for running a Ponzi scheme and has peddled away all of their retirement funds, they decide to steal their cash back from his “safety net” hidden somewhere in his guarded penthouse.

Believe it or not, that’s it for nationwide domestic releases this week. Only one notable limited opener is getting any play: ‘The Son of No One‘. Channing Tatum stars in this indie crime thriller about a young police officer assigned to the lower-class neighborhood that he grew up in. The police chief starts receiving letters from an anonymous tipper about two unsolved murders that took place when Tatum was just a rookie. As the letters keep coming, his life, family and career are placed in danger by the revealed truths.

If this slow week is what we have to get through for ‘J. Edgar’, ‘Melancholia’, ‘The Descendants’, ‘The Artist’, ‘A Dangerous Method’ and any other hopeful November releases, hopefully the rest of the month will be worth the lull.

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