Weekend Movie Guide: 12 New Movies on 9/11
Wow! Crowded weekend, huh? I'd say 9 has to be at the top of any list if only for its sumptuous animation. Tyler Perry continues to crank out middling material, though Taraji Henson is almost enough to pull me into I Can Do Bad All by Myself. I've railed against bad horror re-makes so I feel obligated to rail against Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, too. It has a decent pedigree (Peter Hyams directing, Michael Douglas starring), but stop recycling old ideas, Hollywood! Sorority Row may (will) suck but at least it has the stones to go for an R rating and let its gore/nudity flag fly. Whiteout is the new Dominic Sena movie. If you know anything about his earlier work, you'll know to stay away (actually Gone in 60 Seconds was good, dumb fun featuring vintage Cage).
If you loved The Devil Wears Prada check out the real devil herself in The September Issue. I saw No Impact Man at Sundance and -- while I respect the effort and the idea -- the guy seemed kind of dickish. As a sports nut, Big Fan felt phony as all hell to me. Hate to bag on Patton but...AVOID! Ink is a bit of an underground, sci-fi sensation. Definitely worth a look. Saw Art & Copy at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. If the history of advertising is your thing, check it out and meet the guys who started the revolution (note: they aren't as good-looking as Don Draper). Walt and El Grupo is a fascinating and rich look at Walt Disney's trip to South America in 1941. White on Rice is the Japanese version of Step Brothers. Take that as you will.