Cabin in the Woods
– Cabin in the Woods is being touted as a revolution in the horror genre, and from the buzz its gotten so far, it may deserve it. This is written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. The story starts out similar to other horror movies, with five friends going to a remote cabin in the woods, but all is not what it seems. Things are being controlled by outside sources and quickly go down from there. The film was originally filmed in 2009, and was supposed to be released in 2010 then was delayed a year so it could be converted to 3-D (never a good idea in my mind) but the film company, Lionsgate (MGM) declared bankruptcy. Once things had finally gotten sorted out it is finally being released. The release might be trying to coincide with the release of The Avengers because Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is in the film as well.
– Rated R. Stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, and Richard Jenkins. Directed by Drew Goddard. Written by Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard.
– This movie has been getting a lot less praise as The Cabin in the Woods which might be because the premise is a little silly, and from what I’ve heard the special effects aren’t fantastic. Lockout is set in the future where the most violent and psychotic criminals are kept in a prison in orbit 50 miles above the earth. While the President of United States’ daughter Emilie (Maggie Grace) is visiting, the inmates start a riot and wrongly convicted ex-agent Snow (Guy Pearce) is sent to try to rescue her.
– Rated PG-13. Stars Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, and Lennie James. Directed by James Mather & Stephen St. Leger.
The Three Stooges
– Probably one of the oddest releases this week is The Three Stooges. The film is trying to bring back the spirit of the actual Three Stooges. People may make fun of the sillieness of the trailer and things, but that’s what the The Three Stooges really is. I will say the people that they got to play Larry, Curly and Moe look pretty spot on. As an aside I’ve always liked Will Sasso from Madtv and other sitcoms and I think he can really pull off Curly. The fact that Sean Hayes is playing Larry is pretty hilarious on its own right. To top it all off, the movie is directed by the Farrelly brothers, who do slapstick pretty well. Could be an interesting comedy or fall completely flat. Watch out for what looks like lots of cameos. Also if you are a Utah Native, you might recognize Kirby Heyborne from The Singles Ward and The R.M. in probably his biggest release since he moved out of Utah.
– Rated PG. Stars Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Jane Lynch. Written and Directed by Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly.