Waiting for Greatness

It’s that kind of week. Plenty of stuff is opening, but we’re still in a lull between the serious Oscar contenders released earlier this month and the big guns of November. So everyone’s just sort of hanging out to see what’ll stick.

“Chasing Mavericks”: Gerard Butler, surfer. That is all I know … and somehow that’s enough, isn’t it?

“Cloud Atlas”: This massive sci-fi studio epic from the makers of “Speed Racer” and “Perfume: The Story of a Murrrrderer” was received at TIFF with a mixture of bewilderment and cautious praise. Glenn remains on the side of bewilderment.

“Fun Size”: Josh Schwartz, creator of “Chuck”, makes his feature debut with a Halloween movie that Rad hated like poison. This makes me sad inside.

“Hellbound?”: Rad is not exactly enthusiastic about Kevin Miller’s documentary about the Christian notion of hell, either.

“In Their Skin”: Jeremy Regimbal’s home-invasion thriller arrives from from its debut at the Toronto After Dark Festival; Glenn finds it pretty decent, if ultimately a little too generic.

“The Sessions”:  Pretending “The Waterdance” never happened, Helen Hunt has tender, redemptive sex with another paralyzed man; this time, it’s John Hawkes. Glenn is polite enough not to mention it.

“Silent Hill: Revelation”: I didn’t like the first one, so I’m in no hurry to see the new one. Someone let me know if it’s interesting, would you?

Smashed“: Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul are pretty great in James Ponsoldt’s drama about an alcoholic trying to get with the program. The movie itself is pretty formulaic, but that might actually help Winstead’s awards chances …

V/H/S“: I’ll say this for the five found-footage shorts in this mumblecore spooktacular: Every one of them is more entertaining than “Paranormal Activity 4“.

“You’ve Been Trumped”: Oh, look, it’s a soulless publicity hound doing stuff in front of a camera. Fortunately, Jose is far more articulate in his dismissal than I would have been.

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