Thursday, January 7, 2010

Movie Weekend 1: January 8th, 2010

By Chase Kahn

Ahh, the first movie weekend of 2010. Time to start over and hit refresh. I'll hopefully be talking about the new releases every Thursday at this time. Three wide releases this week, here we go:

"Daybreakers" (Lionsgate) [2,523]

2009 was the year of the vampire, and so 2010 starts with another take on the legend by the German-born brothers, Michael and Peter Spierig. This time, the majority vampires turn their attention to the dwindling human race in a desperate attempt to save their lifeforce and food supply. Ethan Hawke and Millem Dafoe star in what should be decent genre fare. 67% RT, 63 Metacritic.

"Leap Year" (Universal) [2,511]

Poor Amy Adams. She plays a preppy, love-starved yuppie stuck in Wales trying to get to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day. This romantic tale follows two tried-and-true genre formulas: 1) The city-girl stuck and misplaced in a rural, foreign region and 2) The girl who pretends that if she doesn't get married, she's worthless, bottomless rubble. Poor Amy Adams. 22% RT, 37 Metacritic.

"Youth in Revolt" (Dimension/Weinstein Company) [1,873]

This anti-Michael Cera comedy, where he tries to win the heart of a girl by creating an alter-ego named Francois Dillinger, premiered at Toronto last September before being pushed back to January by the Weinstein's in a movie-shuffle that also included pushing "Nine" back to Christmas (whoops!). Reviews are decent - it will probably bomb, Weinstein's can't catch a break. 67% RT, 63 Metcritic.

Happy movie times.

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