Indeed, Thanksgiving has arrived. I myself can feel the cheer in the air, and the slow stream of stories that I get to write about—anyway, if anything else, films are coming out on a different day, too. Usually we’d be waiting for the newest releases on a Friday, but in light of the holiday (and turkey, or tofurky, whichever you prefer) they’re pulling all the stops two days earlier. Oh, wait, that’s today already
If you’ve missed some of last week’s releases—that forever ubiquitous Twilight
or the Disney animated film Bolt
, for one—then you can go catch that. However, in the case that you’ve stayed up till midnight to watch a vampire fall in love, or a celebrity dog make sense of reality, there are still some films to look forward too.
works best if you’re into a feel-good film with those anticipated twists of humor. Seth Gordon’s feature directing debut stars Vince Vaughn
and Reese Witherspoon
as an unmarried couple bent on celebrating the holidays and getting away from the problems of their respective families. Of course, there’s a catch: they get stuck in the San Francisco airport, their location gets broadcast to the world, and their divorced parents (Robert Duvall
, Mary Steenburgen
, Sissy Spacek and Jon Voight
) are expecting them home. Thus, four Christmases. Reviews have been mostly negative, but sometimes I’ve seen viewers see through the criticism and be genuinely amused by a film. Maybe you could prove them wrong?
finally marks its wide release today. The Nicole Kidman
epic has faced loads of controversy during production, essentially questioning whether it’ll push through. After stories of actors backing out, shooting delays and (wrongly reported) meddling studio executives, the story of farm owners escaping the Japanese finally hits theaters. If you’re into an epic love story, or into Baz Luhrmann’s films (he did Moulin Rouge!
after all) then this one could be for you.
If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to catch Milk
, where Sean Penn
sits in the role of murdered openly gay politician Harvey Milk. It’s essentially a biopic, focusing on Milk’s ascent to the top of the San Francisco political scene and his assertion of equality for gay people—and, inevitably, his tragic death which made headlines across the country in 1978. If you’re into these factual films—or, maybe, curious about Penn’s scenes with James Franco
—then this could be for you; judging by reviews, it seems you won’t be disappointed. However, the film is only on a limited release; the wider release will be next month.
That, or Twilight
, or Bolt
, or Quantum of Solace
, if you still haven’t seen it. It’s up to you.
-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of Focus Features)