New Releases: September 11, 2009

WhiteoutPoster1.Whiteout (Warner Brothers, 2,700+ Theaters, 96 Minutes, Rated R): When the graphic novel this film was based on was released first came out, I was led to believe that it was crime fiction, basically of a U.S. Marshall chasing a killer through Antarctica.

But certain ads for the film adaptation make it out to be more supernatural in nature., like Alien only with a frozen wasteland replacing outer space. So, I don’t know which is which, but just keep in mind that when you go see it that there might be a bit of the old bait and switch going on.

Also confusing is the scene in the TV ad where Kate Beckinsale is wandering around in her skivvies. I know Antarctic stations have to be heated, but it’s still got to be chilly. Put on a robe!

SororityRowPoster2. Sorority Row (Summit Entertainment, 2,500+ Theaters, 101 Minutes, Rated R): I’m not saying I approve, but comely young lasses are often the popular victims in these hack and slash movies. So, I have to ask, is this the first film set at a sorority house? It can’t be, can it?

Well, anyway, this film is a revenge vehicle along the lines of I Know What You Did Last Summer. Apparently, the sisters cover-up the death of one of their own after a prank gone wrong. Somebody doesn’t like this, and begins picking them off one by one.

The cast is somewhat interesting. The two most famous girls among the sisters are famous not for their acting skills but for being the daughter of a famous actor and actress (Rumer Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) and staring on a “reality” show (The Hills‘ Audrina Patridge). Don’t fear, there is a famous name in the cast. Carrie Fisher has a role in the film, and any movie starring her can’t be all bad.

TylerPerrysICanDoBadPoster3. Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Lionsgate, 2,100 + Theaters, 113 Theater, Rated PG-13):Well, apparently the film world isn’t done with Tyler Perry yet. He’s been averaging two films a year, usually all are based on his plays. Will he ever run out?

Now, I have yet to see a Tyler Perry movie and I don’t think Mr. Perry would take time away from counting his money to be bothered by that. But I just don’t see the appeal of his films, from what little I’ve seen of their trailers.

Here is the summary for this film from IMDB:

When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Raymond, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Mexican immigrant looking for work, moves into April’s basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. And April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Raymond and the new possibilities of family, faith … and even true love.

Kind of all over the place, right? Yeah, doesn’t really appeal to me, even before considering that Madea is played by Perry in drag. But he does have an audience and a limitless supply of work to bring to the screen. So I doubt that we will ever see the last of him.

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William is cursed with the shared love of comic books and of films. Luckily, this is a great time for him to be alive. His writing has been featured on Broken Frontier.com, PopMatters.com and in Comics Foundry magazine.

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