Published Oct 14, 2011If you're thinking of heading to the movies, make sure you check out Exclaim.ca's Recently Reviewed section for reviews of films hitting theatres this weekend. Here are just a few of the highlights.
First up, The Big Year stars three big names in comedy -- Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson -- as competitors in a prestigious bird-watching contest. The "big year" takes the trio all across North America, while sub-plots develop with each of the endearing main characters. Directed by David Frankel, The Big Year is a "thoroughly enjoyable" film that delves beyond the stereotype that birders are just "a little cuckoo."
Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter (pictured) picks up an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week for its empathetic portrayal of a man coming to terms with paranoid schizophrenia. Michael Shannon plays Curtis, a man suffering from mental instability but trying to hide the symptoms from his wife, played by Jessica Chastain. The threat of a world-ending storm lurks in the background throughout the entire movie, adding a "sense of foreboding mystery" to the impressive and memorable film.
On a different note, it's not quite Halloween yet, but the horror flicks are starting to make their ways into theatres. Matthijs van Heijningen's prequel/remake to John Carpenter's cult classic The Thing may bear the same name, but it doesn't necessarily live up to the horror of the original. Read the full review to find out how this "pre-make" holds up to Carpenter's version.
Also a remake, Craig Brewer's version of the 1984 classic Footloose is out this weekend. Contrast and compare the two by checking out the full review.
For these highlights and more, head over to our Recently Reviewed section.