Box Office Battlefield: District 9, Ponyo, and The Time Traveler’s Wife

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I’ve got your weekend update with all the fancy new movies coming out this weekend of August 14th. There are a lot of limited small films so I won’t describe them all in full detail:

District 9 (Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope) The big one of the weekend, although some might not have even heard of it. This low budget blockbuster is already getting tons of hype as it shows a 92% fresh on RottenTomatoes currently. This refugee alien flick looks like one to see as it was produced by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings trilogy) and with such a low budget of only $35 mil, it looks like a big budget film. I would not miss this movie if I were you. See It!!!

Ponyo (Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson) With a star studded voice-cast and amazing animation work, this film looks like it could be something. I’m not into the animation thing quite that much, but the critics are raving that this is a film to see as well. This is a story inspired by “The Little Mermaid” and is about the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo (Noah Cyrus) and her quest to become human. I’d say this could be good if I liked animated features, but that’s me. See It/Rent it

Bandslam (Alyson Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelan Connell) Mehhhh, An outcast (Connell) bonds with the popular girl on campus (Michalka) over their shared love of music, and together they decide to form a rock group and enter their school’s upcoming battle of the bands competition. Some little teen comedy that some could like if your a little tween or love Hudgens. This movie doesn’t look cheesy nor does it look horribly done, it’s just for the younger audience obviously. Take your kids, make your kids go. Skip It/Rent It

The Time Traveler’s Wife (Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston)  Looks like a nice little romantic drama movie filled with great actors. The story focuses on a girl who falls in love with a man with a gene that unfortunately causes him to shift through time. This looks like a new good one to see as a date. The story is different from what’s out there with romantic movies these days. See It/Rent it.

Paper Heart – Limited Showings (Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake M. Johnson) The love story about a documentary about love. This film is a great little indie flick that you have to see. Charlyne Yi goes on a mission to find out what love is in documentary form and encounters Michael Cera. Their relationship now becomes part of the documentary now and they must deal with the cameras. My review can be seen HERE as I praise it pretty highly. See It

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, David Koechner) Although I hate Jeremy Piven as a person and actor, but I do enjoy his films. This movie does look funny and could be a the one to equal the Hangover as the new comedy in town. The film does seem a little over the top, but that does not seem to take away that much out of the film. See It

It Might Get Loud – Limited Showings (Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White) A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians of different times. Rent It

Spread – Limited Showings (Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche) In Los Angeles, Nikki (Kutcher) is a sexual grafter who uses his assets to enjoy the city’s richest women and their lifestyle. Soon he finds himself torn between two very different women: Samantha (Heche), a lawyer who gives Nikki more than he’s ever had before, and Heather (Levieva), a waitress and equally savvy grafter in her own right. SKIP IT

Grace – Limited Showings (Jordan Ladd, Samantha Ferris, Gabrielle Rose) After losing her unborn child, Madeline Matheson (Ladd) insists on carrying the baby to term. Following the delivery, the child miraculously returns to life, with an appetite for human blood. See It/Rent It.

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