What’s Hot at the Movies This Week – 11/6/08

| November 6, 2008

Personally, I’m a little shocked at the results at the box office last weekend. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fifth sequel of a horror flick doing that well, but I guess I need to take into account that it was Halloween. That probably accounts for most of it.
Here’s the rankings for last weekend:
1. High School Musical 3: Senior Year. It’s not too hard to figure out Disney’s plans here. The first two High School Musicals did so phenomenally well, yet they were aired the first time on the Disney channel, something free that doesn’t even require a subscrption. All the merchandise sold surely made them some serious coin, but they want more, so released this one to theaters. At least it doesn’t have the hefty admission price the Hanna Montana movie had.
2. Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Would you have ever in your wildest dreams imagined a movie about making a porno would rank #2? It turns out it’s a Seth Rogen film, so it’s not so much X-rated, but just funny as hell. It even has a little romance in there. If you could buy Rogen as a romantic lead in Knocked Up, you’ll buy the same here. Read the reviews from myself and Andrew Dowd.
3. Saw V. Okay, so it was Halloween, so that’s most likely when people were drawn to this movie in droves. With the original Jigsaw gone, it’s up to Hoffman to carry on the legacy. There are flashbacks included to show how all of this started, even before the first Saw. Reviewer Clint Fletcher enjoyed all the other Saw films, but didn’t feel this one measured up to the rest. Read his review here.
4. Changeling. Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on actual events, this film stars Angelina Jolie, taking some time out from raising her Pittlings, as a mom who is reunited with her kidnapped son. During the media frenzy, she realizes it’s not her son. No one believes her, but John Malkovich comes along and helps with her search.
5. The Haunting of Molly Hartley. I saw the previews for this in the theater, and while it looked interesting, reviewer Rick Villalobos is telling us not to bother, even though it was the fifth watched movie this past weekend. Haley Bennett plays the title character, a new girl at school with a mysterious dark past, trying to be normal, but finding it oh so difficult. Read Rick’s review here.
Opening this weekend:

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
With the success of the first Madagascar movie three years ago, Dreamworks is finally following it up with a sequel. This film has the talented voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Alec Baldwin, and Will.i.am. That’s an impressive lot. Like most animated sequels, it probably won’t live up to the first, but if they come up with another song as catchy as “I Like to Move It,” it’ll be golden. Read Paul Fischer’s interviews with Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Role Models. Seth Rogen isn’t in this, but he may as well be. This comedy mixes and matches many of the same stars from past and present Rogen films. It stars Paul Rudd (Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin) and Seann William Scott (Stifler from American Pie). Just mentioning these two names, we know what the movie is basically about. These guys get in trouble and are punished to the community service of mentoring kids. This also stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka McLovin, and Elizabeth Banks, aka Miri from Zack and Miri Make a Porno. It’s practically a guarantee that it won’t be a high quality movie, but it’s sure to make us split a gut.

Soul Men. This movie should be funny as well, but it’s hard to be with the darkness surrounding it. Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac star as a popular singing duo from years ago that had a falling out and broke up. When their group leader (John Legend) dies, it brings them back together for a tribute concert. In reality, Bernie Mac died last August, as did costar Isaac Hayes, one day apart. Normally Bernie never fails to make me laugh, but it could be difficult in these circumstances. Read Paul Fischer’s interview with Samuel L. Jackson (what a cool dude!)

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