Friday, January 8, 2010

New Movies for weekend of JANUARY 8, 2010

Since it has been requested from several of my friends I will give a listing each Friday of the new movies that come out. I may not see all these movies since I do still have to worry about school, projects, papers, house cleaning, and packing...but I thought I would share with you all what is out each week.

This week at AMC Danbury 16, the new movies are: Daybreakers, Youth in Revolt, Leap Year, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. While working in box office this morning the two popular movies of the new releases were Daybreaksers and Leap Year. None of the movies this week seem too worthy of watching really.

Daybreakers (rated R for strong bloody violence, language, and brief nudity) : Ten years after a plague turned most of the world's population into vampires, a critical blood shortage is causing panic and gruesome mutations within the undead community. Edward (Ethan Hawke), a vampire hematologist, is trying to develop a blood substitute when he meets Lionel (Willem Dafoe) and Audrey (Claudia Karvan), two fugitive humans who claim to have a possible cure for vampirism. Edward casts his lot in with Lionel and Audrey in the hope of perfecting the cure before it's too late. Now I have not heard too much about this movie. I did hear people coming out saying that they liked it...but that is the extent from me. I guess if you like vampire type of movies you may enjoy this movie. This is one movie not for my liking. 

Youth in Revolt (rated R for sexual content, language, and drug use): While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity. I do like Michael Cerra, but this movie does not sound good or even look very good.

Leap Year (rated PG for sensuality and launguage): A woman (Amy Adams) heads to Ireland in order to force her boyfriend (Adam Scott) to accept her wedding proposal by scheduling it on leap day, the only time when he couldn't refuse due to the country's tradition in this Spyglass Entertainment romantic comedy. Shopgirl's Anand Tucker directs from a script by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan. Matthew Goode co-stars as a handsome innkeeper who throws a wrench into the woman's plans. This movie looks cute if you are looking for a light hearted movie to take away the stress from a long work week. I am a fan of Amy Adams...and so I may try and see this movie. It looks pretty cheesy and one would think that the studios would have released this movie the last weekend of February since that is when leap day/year falls.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (rated PG-13 for some violence images, language, sensuality, and smoking): Set in the present day, director Terry Gilliam's fantastical morality tale follows the traveling show of the mysterious Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) -- a man who once won a bet with the Devil himself, and possesses the unique ability to guide the imagination of others. Many centuries ago, Dr. Parnassus won immortality in a bet that found the malevolent Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) coming up short. While few would be foolish enough to try their luck against the powers of darkness a second time, Dr. Parnassus did precisely that -- this time trading his mortality for youth on the understanding that his firstborn would become the property of Mr. Nick when the child reaches his or her 16th birthday. Flash-forward to the present day, and Dr. Parnassus' daughter, Valentina (Lily Cole), is about to celebrate her sweet sixteen. Dr. Parnassus is desperate to save his little girl from her fiery fate, so when Mr. Nick arrives to collect, he senses the good doctor's malaise and cooks up a wager too enticing to refuse: Dr. Parnassus and Mr. Nick will each compete to seduce five souls, with possession of Valentina going to whomever manages to complete the task first. As the competition begins to heat up, a mysterious man named Tony (Heath Ledger) appears. Could Tony be the one man capable of helping Dr. Parnassus win the competition and save Valentina? While the sudden death of prominent Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus player Heath Ledger in January of 2008 left Gilliam and company scrambling to find a means of salvaging the film -- which was already well into principal photography at the time -- the cavalry soon arrived in the form of Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, who each serve as alternate-dimension versions of Tony when the character crosses through a paranormal mirror. I do not know much about this movie except for this was the movie that Heath Ledger was filming when he died. I know that Johnny Depp and other worked on this movie for free as all the proceeds of this movie will go to Ledger's daughter.

These are the new ones for my theatre. If anyone sees these movies please feel free to comment on what you thought about them. I am curious. If I hear more about each movie I will be sure to update this blog. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Thank you for posting Amy. I love that you are doing this now. Leap Year would be one I would see if I was going to see one. I think Amy Adams is cute too. I will be renting it when it comes out. It is rare that I get to go to the movies. Mabe I will go work for a movie theater later on for a part time thing while in school. Who knows.

  2. Tab...the best time to view a movie (at least for me) is the earlier the better. That way if you to a 9am movie and it is a three hour movie you are done by noon to do more items that need to be done. Or if you are working on a project...set a goal to be done by a certain date and reward yourself by seeing a movie. My AMC theatre does early bird specials for movies before noon which are a $6.00 rate rather than the $8.50. I do not know if Regal or any of the theatres out in Salem do that.

  3. Someone on the IMDB board said the same thing about Leap Year not being released in Feb or in a "Leap Year". Their conclusion was that movie makers are assuming that 2012 (the next leap year) will be a bad year for movies being that it is suppose to be the end of the world.
    Also, many were comparing it to French Kiss with Meg Ryan.

  4. Dana: Interesting. French Kiss with Meg Ryan? I haven't even heard much about the movie just the commercials.

    Amy: I wish I could go during the day but there is never anyone to go with me. My husband is at work and my mother can't because she is always taking care of John. John tends to not want to go to movies anymore. His disease is making it so he is having a harder time concentrating and understand movies or tv or anything like that. So needless to say that has changed there life a bit.


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