Storm’s a Brewin’

All is Lostfilm stillIs it Friday again already? I’ve had my head down in a bunch of deadlines and barely noticed. Let’s get to this week’s openings, shall we?

All is Lost: J.C. Chandor’s gripping follow-up to Margin Call plays like the Earthbound version of Gravity, with Robert Redford trying to keep himself afloat in the Indian Ocean after a boating accident.

The Counselor: Michael Fassbender, the only good thing about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, reunites with Scott for a Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller for about an El Paso lawyer who gets mixed up with all the wrong people, among them Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Fassbender’s 12 Years a Slave scene partner Brad Pitt. And … well … you saw Prometheus, right?

Escape from Tomorrow: A beloved theme park becomes a surrealistic nightmare in Randy Moore’s guerrilla indie, shot clandestinely at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. John really likes it; I’m hoping to catch up to it soon.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: Speaking of guerrilla filmmaking, Johnny Knoxville slaps on some latex and pulls some pranks on unsuspecting innocents in the latest Dogme documentary. Not screened for press, duh.

The Summit: Rad feels that Nick Ryan’s documentary about a doomed attempt to scale K2 could have been clearer in its storytelling. I will wait for the Blu-ray.

And that’s it for this week’s strangely timid release slate. You may notice there’s not a single horror movie in the bunch; it’s as though everyone cleared a path for the Paranormal Activity sequel that’s now opening in January. Funny how these things go, isn’t it?

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