January 16, 2009

New Movies and Box Office Predictions: Hotel for Dogs, My Bloody Valentine, Notorious, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Defiance, Last Chance Harvey

2009 marches on with its second weekend of releases. This week offers a little something for everybody. Whether you want comedy, horror, drama, or something for the family, this weekend has it for you. Not to mention a couple Golden Globe nominated films expanding their reach covering romance and war. Overall, it looks like a pretty good weekend to hit the cineplex.

Hotel for Dogs. (2009, 100 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) This looks like an enjoyable little film for the family audience. It centers on Andi and Bruce, their new foster family does not allow pets. Now they need to find a new home for their dog. They stumble across an old abandoned hotel where Bruce uses his penchant for gizmos to set the place up to take care of their beloved pet, and all of his pals. The situation escalates until the neighbors become suspicious of all the barking. Nothing special, but could be a little fun. The case includes Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, and Don Cheadle.

My Bloody Valentine: 3D. (2009, 101 minutes, R, horror, trailer) Yay! A horror film that is rated R! These seem to be few and far between. I only hope that it is at least halfway decent. It is a remake of the 1981 slasher about the town that doesn't celebrate Valentine's Day. The big thing they are selling this film on is the 3D, this scares me that the whole film is based on a gimmick. I guess we will see. It does look like fun, despite the goofy trailer. 

Notorious. (2009, 122 minutes, R, drama, trailer) This could prove interesting. This biopic takes a look at the life of the Notorious BIG, from his youth as a drug dealer, to his rise as a rap sensation, to his tragic murder. The trailers look pretty good, although I have to wonder if the movie will appeal to a mainstream audience? could be interesting. 

Paul Blart: Mall Cop. (2009, 87 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) Here is a movie that does not appear to have any real reason to exist. Still, I want to see it, as itellectually bankrupt as it appears to be. Kevin James stars as a mall cop (duh) named Paul Blart (double duh) who is not terribly well equipped for his position. He is put to the test when some robbers invade and take over the mall and Paul has to fight to protect his mall. 

Defiance. (2008, 136 minutes, R, war, trailer) This film is based on a true story. It centers on three brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell) who flee to the woods they have known since their youth. From there they strike back at the Nazis. Word of their daring spreads, and the brothers become the guardians of Jews seeking to escape the Nazi horror. The film looks quite good and I look forward to checking it out.

Last Chance Harvey. (2008, 92 minutes, PG-13, romance) This one looks like it could be good. Dustin Hoffman plays Harvey a man who finds himself on the outside looking in at his daughter's wedding, not to mention losing his job. While seeking some alcohol fueled happiness, he meets a woman (Emma Thompson) who seems to be nearly equally unhappy in her life. The two form a friendship and begin to fall in love.

Also opening this week, but not near me:
  • Chandni Chowk to China
Box Office PredictionsLast week was an interesting one, with Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino taking the top spot over favorite Bride Wars. Will this week see a similar upset? I don't know, but I have a feeling that the much-advertised 3D horror flick will come out on top, whether or not it is any good is a completely different story. I also suspect that Gran Torino will have a strong hold from next week.

Here is how I think the top ten field will play out:

RankTitleBox Office
1My Bloody Valentine: 3D$22 million
2Gran Torino$18 million
3Hotel for Dogs$14 million
4Paul Blart: Mall Cop$12.5 million
5Bride Wars$12 million
6Notorious$8 million
7The Unborn$7 million
8Defiance$6.5 million
9Marley & Me$4.5 million
10The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$4 million


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