Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Movie News

Has anyone heard about this Gooby film coming out? I just stumbled into it ... seems it will be in limited release, starting Friday, April 17. Maybe it’s great for younger kids, but it looks a bit (a bit?) cornball to me:

Monterey Media (Gooby’s distributor) is also behind a movie called Bracelet of Bordeaux (“Family approved!”) that came out last year, so you might want to check it out as well if Gooby does it for you.

Who doesn’t love Michael Caine?!

He’s got a film coming out this week, Is Anybody There, and it looks like quite an emotional story about aging, and about youth. This could be great for the over-13 set in the house, a really mature and challenging topic that might have younger folks thinking about the value of the older and wiser among us.

"Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten year old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents. Whilst his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat, and his father copes with the onset of mid-life crisis, Edward is busy tape-recording the elderly residents to try and discover what happens when they die...” (From IMDB)

(MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some disturbing images.)

Another one that you might enjoy with older kids, coming out next week, on the 24th, is The Soloist, with Robert Downey, Jr.


In "The Soloist," an emotionally soaring drama about the redemptive power of music, journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives.

(MPAA: rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language.)

And, of course, Disney's Earth comes out next week too. See a movie, plant a tree!

It's been widely reported this week that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be moved up from the Friday, July 17 release date to Wednesday, July 15. Apparently Wednesdays are the new “blockbuster” release dates for films. Is this because it gives them a couple of extra days of buzz before weekend box office tallies start? Dunno. But mark your calendars appropriately if you’ve been waiting.

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