The weekend movie preview finds the makers of Forgetting Sarah Marshall back with The Five-Year Engagement, and they have some competition at the box office from a varied group of films. John Cusack is Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven, the studio that brought us Chicken Run returns with Pirates! A Band of Misfits, Jack Black is Bernie and a couple of limited release films rivet.
The Five-Year Engagement: Co-writers and frequent collaborators Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel return after their success in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets. Stoller also directs The Five-Year Engagement and it is a pleasant surprise of a movie. The romantic sparks fly between Segel and Emily Blunt, but as this is produced by Judd Apatow, the silliness factor is also off the charts. Check out our The Five-Year Engagement review for more.
The Raven: John Cusack is the iconic poet Edgar Allan Poe, who is swept into a serial killer investigation. Why? It is because the killer is using his stories as inspiration by recreating Poe’s prose and its gruesome death scenes. As we state in our The Raven review, this one rocks.
Pirates! A Band of Misfits!: The Aardman Animation team is at it again. After Chicken Run and Arthur Christmas, they are back with a whimsical stop-motion animated tale of the most inept group of pirates you’ll ever meet. Led by Hugh Grant, the Band of Misfits should entertain the entire family.
Bernie: Jack Black is the real life Bernie, a Texas resident whom everybody in his small town adores, even after he commits murder. The Richard Linklater film clicks on all cylinders and Black is so astounding, he deserves an Oscar nod. Shirley MacLaine stars as the woman he befriends, until she drives him nuts. We go into further detail in our Bernie review as to why this is a modern Texas classic.
Sound of My Voice: Brit Marling wrote, produced and stars in a movie that is not quite thriller, not quite mystery. It is a spellbinding feature, as we describe in our Sound of My Voice review.
96 Minutes: Aimee Lagos has written and directed a gem for a first feature. The thriller plays with time as it tells the story of a group of four strangers who wind up at the end of this given day in the same car experiencing a horrifying carjacking. Intrigued? Read our 96 Minutes review for more.