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Hittin’ Theaters: Something For Everyone!

Some of yall might have had your heads in the sand for the past few months, but this weekend will be a great time for movies. I will first say that tonight I will be watching “Paranormal Activity” (92%, 26 reviews)  and I am very excited. Second, the movie list this weekend goes beyond just new films. In case you haven’t heard, Toy Story 1 & 2 will be hitting theaters again, but this time digitally remastered and in 3-D!

Some of yall might scoff at 3-D and its supposed gimmick, but of the few 3-D films I have experienced, I had an enjoyable time and they weren’t built with the “gimmick” in mind but instead utilized it effectively. Additionally, I have no qualms about seeing both Toy Story films again, and especially remastered and utilizing post-release 3-D effects. According to Box Office Mojo, the double-feature will hit about 1,600 screens beginning tomorrow. The total time cost of that double-feature is 2 hours, 49 minutes, but they will be glorious. Just make sure you take the time for your eyes to readjust before hitting the highway!

Of the new films that hit theaters this weekend, there are four highlights. For your convenience, the movie titles double as links to find theaters and show-times in your area playing that movie.

First off is the Zombie killing horror-comedy (horredy? comror?) “Zombieland” starring Woody Harrelson that looks fantastic and has been getting very positive reviews (91%, 44 reviews). It’s going to be violent, and it rightfully has an R-rating while it clocks in at 1 hour, 21 minutes.

Next is “Whip It!”, which I had previously covered. The comedy stars hot-commodity Ellen Page and is Drew Barrymore’s first directorial gig. The story revolves around the out-of-place Page who is trying to figure out where she belongs when she is introduced to roller derby and falls head over skates for it. The film has been getting positive reviews (78%, 46 reviews) and clocks in at 1 hour, 51 minutes with a PG-13 rating.

Third on the list is the Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras) comedy “The Invention of Lying”. The premise is that of a world where lying simply doesn’t exist, and everyone seems to rudely speak the truth. That is, until Gervais’s character starts telling lies and everyone believes it is the truth. Interesting premise that many critics feel is elevated by the great comedic cast of Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Rob Lowe, Luis C.K. and Tina Fey. So far it sits at 59% with 46 reviews, carries a PG-13 rating and runs 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Finally, we have the new Coen Brothers film, “A Serious Man”. The plot, as with most Coen Brothers films, is hard to peg down based on the clips I have seen, so I’ll use IMDb’s description instead:

A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won’t move out of the house.

So far, the film has a 83% rating out of 29 reviews, carries an R rating (which Coen Brothers film hasn’t?) and runs 1 hour, 45 minutes. Unfortunately, this film will only be a limited release for the time being, hitting 6 theaters nationwide tomorrow. They will gradually expand the release, so keep an eye out.

Clearly, if you are looking for laughs, this weekend has you covered in almost every way imaginable.

Hit the jump for the limited release list and expansions.

Also hitting theaters in limited engagements are the LeBron James documentary “More Than A Game” (56%, 9 reviews), a drama called “Afterschool” (72%, 29 reviews), documentary about the Chelsea hotel called “Chelsea on the Rocks” (90%, 10 reviews), drama “A Beautiful Life”, the Maya Angelou narrated documentary “As Seen Through These Eyes” (50%, 4 reviews), documentary “An American Journey” (33%, 3 reviews), and foreign film “Where is Where” (100%, 2 reviews).

Expanding this week are Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story”, the John Keats period piece “Bright Star” and the drama “The Boys Are Back” starring Clive Owen.

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