Director: Hoyt Yeatman
Jerry Bruckheimer turns 64 in two months, which is good news, because it means he’s rapidly nearing retirement age. You’ve worked all your life for this, Jerry! That’s what Social Security is for!
Director: Andrzej Wajda (A Generation, Man of Marble, Man of Iron, Danton)
More proof that World War II remains an endless well for movie subjects, this is about the Soviet massacre of Poles in 1940 that was subsequently blamed on the Nazis. Wajda is undoubtedly the most legendary of Polish filmmakers, though I’ve only seen a couple of his films (the first two listed above). Nominated for a Foreign Film Oscar last year (as in, for the year 2007), so it’s been floating around for awhile.
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Film about two children, one Hutu and one Tutsi, caught in the middle of ethnic strife in Rwanda. Seems like something I might go out of my way for; while I don’t necessarily trust Roger Ebert’s four-star reviews for more mainstream fare, the smaller movies that get four stars are almost always worth seeking out.
Metacritic: not listed
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Goal II: Living the Dream)
I don’t think I’d go see this even if it was supposed to be good, which I gather it is not. Perhaps I suffer from lack of imagination, but I can’t fathom a way to do a story like this in a way that would make it worthwhile. Also, it looks a lot like Joshua – even bringing Vera Farmiga along to play the mother – and I hated that movie like a thousand white-hot suns.
The Ugly Truth (trailer)
Director: Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Monster-in-Law, 21)
What we have here are two actors who seem to be quite content with being in crappy movies. Butler is a classic case of someone who casting directors think much more highly of than he warrants. Heigl, meanwhile, may be on a career path that will make her utterly intolerable within a few years.