Before diving in with the coming week's releases, let's take a quick look at last week's. I think the poll results usually paint a pretty telling picture of who is reading this blog. The weekend's big box office winner, Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," failed to pick up a single vote in the poll. "Sorority Row" took top spot in the poll (70% of your votes), followed in a distant second by "Whiteout" and "9," which were basically tied, at 15% and 13% respectively.
My takeaway is that you readers are on the younger side -- ie below 30, or at least not yet parents -- and that you prefer spectacle to schmaltz. That's definitely an overly broad generalization, but I do find the fact the weekend's biggest earner, by quite a wide margin I might add, didn't even pick up one vote in last week's poll. Now, let's take a look at what's in store this week...
The quartet of big-ticket wide releases cater to a variety of different tastes. My first-choice pick is definitely "Jennifer's Body," the Karyn Kusama-directed, Diablo Cody-penned, Megan Fox/Amanda Seyfried-starring horror comedy. The story follows a high school cheerleader (Fox) who starts preying on the souls of her male classmates after a demon possesses her. If our exclusive clip is any indication, this is going to be a fun one.
My second-choice weekend pick is Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!," starring Matt Damon as real-life corporate whistleblower Mark Whitacre. Soderbergh and Damon have proven to be an excellent team in the three "Ocean's" movies, and the strong supporting cast -- including Scott Bakula, Joel McHale and Melanie Lynskey -- completes the package. Plus, there's a lot of positive buzz coming out of Toronto. See it and thank me later.
For people seeking more family-friendly fare, there's always the big screen CGI animated adaptation of "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs," which is getting both a standard theatrical release and a full-blown "IMAX Experience" treatment. It's not really the sort of thing I would typically run out to see, but I've actually heard some great things from colleagues who have checked out recent screenings.
Rounding out the big-ticket wide releases is a little something for the ladies and lovers: the Aaron Eckhart/Jennifer Aniston-starring rom-dram, "Love Happens." Eckhart stars as a renowned self-help therapist who can't seem to follow his own counsel. Aniston plays a floral business owner whose own baggage has led her to give up on men completely, in favor of her career. The two meet randomly and there's an instant attraction. Strife and, presumably, reconciliation ensues.
There are even some compelling options among the limited releases. Director Jane Campion's "Bright Star," focusing on poet John Keats' final years and the love affair filling that time, offers some gorgeous period drama action. There's also "The Burning Plain," from "Babel" director Guillermo Arriaga, starring Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger and Joaquim de Almeida. Finally we have "Paris," a French rom-com import starring Juliette Binoche. What will you sink your time in with this weekend?