Embrace the Fall with 'Moneyball', 'Abduction' and 'Starbuck' in This Week's Film Roundup
Published Sep 23, 2011The weekend is upon us once again, delivering a handful of fall movies for your viewing pleasure. Check out the highlights from this week's new theatrical releases below, then head over to our Recently Reviewed section for further reading. We also have more new reviews from TIFF for you to check out.
First off, Bennet Miller's highly hyped new film Moneyball (pictured) stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill as two men recruited to turn around the Oakland A's statistical fate. Featuring admirable lead performances and a script co-written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network), this isn't merely a film for baseball fans.
Abduction, on the other hand, has been reviewed as "in the running for worst movie of the year." Find out why Taylor Lautner's non-Twilight movie falls so short. While werewolf boy's debut fails to deliver, Vera Farmiga's first directorial effort Higher Ground is a different story. She also stars in the flick, which tells the story of Pentecostal hippie Corinne's crisis of faith.
Then there's the Free Willy-esque Dolphin Tale, based on a true rescue story. The family film starring Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. starts when a dolphin washes ashore trapped in netting. A feel-good type flick, to be sure, but will it withstand the trials of time?
Jon Foy's documentary Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, about the mysterious Toynbee tiles, presents a captivating look at the bizarre messages that appeared in high-traffic urban areas during the '90s.
Next up is Gary McKendry's action thriller Killer Elite, with a cast containing Robert De Niro and Clive Owen. A different kind of action movie, Afghan Luke is the latest directorial effort from Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg and shares the story of a couple Canadians documenting the war-torn nation of Afghanistan.
And last, but not least, is the Quebec "dramedy" Starbuck about a sperm donor who has fathered hundreds of kids, 194 of whom are trying to seek their biological father (Patrick Huard). Hilarity ensues when Huard's character begins to involve himself in the lives of his children, prompting our reviewer to urge moviegoers to check this film out before "the Hollywood remake machine" gets its hands on Starbuck.
For the full reviews of these highlights and more head over to our Recently Reviewed section, and check out our latest reviews from TIFF reviews while you're at it.