Fair Game

Diagnosis: Film–Weekend of Nov. 5

Moved the post to Friday so you could go straight from reading this to the theater. Isn’t that convenient? You can thank me later. Personally, I’m interested in seeing 127 Hours, Guy and Madeline and Making the Boys. I’ll probably try to see these after I finish up with AFI Fest. How about you? What are you planning to see this weekend?

Due Date

Directed By: Todd Phillips
Written By: Alan R. Cohen
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (3,200+ screens)
Synopsis: High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time.


Diagnosis: Netflix Instant

For Colored Girls

Director: Tyler Perry
Written By: Tyler Perry
Starring: Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Whoopie Goldberg
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (2,127 screens)
Synopsis: Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Thoughts: Sounds like a serious outing from Tyler Perry. Don’t really follow him, but it looks like this will be a solid film.

Diagnosis: Curious.


Director: Tom McGrath
Written By: Alan J. Schoolcraft & Brent Simons
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (3,500 screens)
Synopsis: The supervillain Megamind finally conquers his nemesis, the hero Metro Man… but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight.

Thoughts: It’s like every other Dreamworks CG animated property in existence. I’d rather go back and watch The Incredibles.

Diagnosis: Pass.

127 Hours

Director: Danny Boyle
Written By: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (4 screens)
Synopsis: A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Thoughts: Whoa. Danny Boyle is doing this? Yikes. Sounds like a must see to me. Also, James Franco.

Diagnosis: Must see.

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Director: Alex Gibney
Written By: Alex Gibney
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (2 screen)
Synopsis: An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

Thoughts: I’m always on the quest to find documentaries about subjects I am not interested in. That way I can not watch them.

Diagnosis: No, really. Will not see.

Fair Game

Director: Doug Liman
Written By: Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth
Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Ty Burell
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (35 screens)
Synopsis: Plame’s status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Thoughts: Seems like a by-the-numbers sort of film.

Diagnosis: Meh.

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

Director: Damien Chazelle
Written By: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia and Sandha Khin
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (1 Screen)
Synopsis: For his feature debut, writer-director Damien Chazelle has fashioned a contemporary musical, shot in 16 mm black-and-white on the streets of Boston and New York. During the film’s opening credits, we learn that Guy (professional musician Jason Palmer), a trumpet player, and Madeline (Desiree Garcia), a grad student looking for work, have broken up. (MORE)

Thoughts: A musical shot on 16mm. I don’t hear of that sort of thing often. Looks interesting.

Diagnosis: Curious.

Making the Boys

Director: Crayton Robey
Starring: Edward Albee, Mart Crowley and Michael Cunningham
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010
Synopsis: On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience.

Thoughts: Seems like an interesting and educational documentary.

Diagnosis: Curious.