Opening in Chicago, 09/28


Looper (trailer)
Director: Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom)
Personal Interest Factor: 9
I find I’m actually pretty excited for this one. I loved Brick (which was featured in the very first Openings), and I even enjoyed The Brothers Bloom, despite its unevenness, which really only affected the last third or so anyway. This has only a so-so trailer, but the reviews are very good, and by all accounts it’s a clever, intelligent sci-fi movie. Looking forward to it.
Metacritic: 84

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (trailer)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Personal Interest Factor: 4
First off, I take it this is based on a well-loved book, but that’s a terrible title. Secondly, man, is Ezra Miller annoying, even in the small dose that this trailer provides. Thirdly, this trailer makes these kids look obnoxious – oh, she stands up through the sunroof of the car! How inventive and daring! And SHE DOES IT ALL THE TIME! Fourthly, this looks like a very cynical product.
Metacritic: 66

Won’t Back Down (trailer)
Director: Daniel Barnz (Phoebe in Wonderland, Beastly)
Personal Interest Factor: 3
Whatever happened to Maggie Gyllenhaal? She used to be a favorite of mine, but now I can barely stand her. I think I can trace it back to two movies. First, her sullen black hole as Rachel in The Dark Knight. Second, her absoutely repulsive character in Sam Mendes’s Away We Go. I think the latter, especially, changed the way I see her. Funny how that works. Anyway, this doesn’t look like something I’d want to watch regardless.
Metacritic: 43

Also this week:
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (trailer) – doc about the fashion editor
Doctored – doc about malfeasance in the medical industry
Head Games (trailer) – doc about concussions in football
Hotel Transylvania (trailer) – looks tedious
Pitch Perfect (trailer) – doesn’t look like something I’ll see, but in all sincerity I wish Anna Kendrick the best in her career
Vulgaria – some kind of Hong Kong mafia/porn/film business comedy


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