Andrew: Hello readers! It's time yet again for our preview of this week's new theatrical releases. Now, we have three new movies coming out this weekend but we're only going to preview two of them because we got the chance to channel our inner big-time movie reviewer by seeing an advanced screening of Seth MacFarlane's feature film directorial debut Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and MacFarlane himself as the voice of Ted. You can find our review of that by clicking HERE.
So instead, Sarah, we'll focus on the other two big releases this weekend, starting with one I'm sure A TON of women have been looking forward to - Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike. It stars one of this year's breakout stars, Channing Tatum, as a male stripper who has ambitions to eventually start his own furniture design company. The film also stars Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) as Adam, a 19-year-old kid that Tatum's Mike sees something in, so he takes him under his wing, gets him a job at the club and dubs him "The Kid." Oh, and Mike has the hots for Adam's sister, Brooke, who is played by Cody Horn (who I only recognize from a few episodes of The Office).
Sarah, I think I've talked enough about the basic premise of the movie, so you take it from here.
Sarah: Well from what I can surmise from the trailers, I would say that this movie is going to make most men seem inadequate. Filled with some of Hollywood's sexiest leading men (like White Collar’s Matt Bomer and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello), who seem to remain mostly shirtless, Magic Mike promises to be most women's fantasy. Tatum has had a great year so far with 21 Jump Street and The Vow. His new film, super loosely based on his real life, is the one that I have been looking forward to the most. His humor and charm is going to bring the throngs of women out to the theatres this weekend, along with his stunning six-pack.
Official Trailer for Magic Mike
A: I'm actually looking forward to seeing this because the trailer looks funny and because it's a Soderbergh movie. He's a different kind of director in that he's not going to just focus on the stripping part, I expect him to go into the reasons why Mike and his co-workers really do what they do, how it effects they're lives, etc. Essentially I think this movie will be deeper than it looks at first blush.
S: Agreed. It looks like it is going to be just a fun movie all around! I expect there to be a decent amount of laughter, although probably not as much as there was in Ted (seriously people, if there's a comedy you must see, it's Ted).
Now the second movie that we are going to be seeing this weekend is People Like Us. A little less humor and more heartwarming, this movie is about a young man, Sam (played by Chris Pine, Star Trek) whose recently deceased and estranged father has left him $50,000 and the knowledge that he has a sister, Frankie (played by Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games). His father has left him instructions to give the money to his sister, who also has no idea that she has a brother. Sam is left with the dilemma: does he give Frankie, a woman he didn't know existed, the money or does he use the money to pay off his debts? I think this looks like a really great movie filled with actors who are just fantastic.
A: I didn't know a whole lot about People Like Us until last week when I started reading up on it, and now I'm very much looking forward to seeing it. I like the two main leads, but more importantly, I'm interested to see the directorial debut for Alex Kurtzman. Kurtzman is better known for co-writing or co-producing a number of the last few year's biggest films with Roberto Orci. Check this list out:
- Mission: Impossible III (writer)
- Transformers (writer)
- Star Trek (writer/executive producer)
- The Proposal (executive producer)
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (writer)
- Cowboys & Aliens (writer/producer)
- Star Trek Sequel (writer/producer)
And he's one of the creators/executive producers of the television show Fringe, and an executive producer for TV's Hawaii Five-O. The Transformers movies and Cowboys & Aliens aren't great, but it's still a solid pedigree of writing and producing. So I'm interested in seeing how he does as a director, too.
Official Trailer for People Like Us
S: I have heard that this movie is really sweet and that Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde are great additions to the cast.
A: Oh, and we should mention there are actually FOUR movies coming out in wide release this week, because Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection also comes out today, but honestly we're not going to see it and have no desire to see it and would rather not recognize its existence. I actually don't mind the concept of Eugene Levy playing a Wall Street man who unwittingly was part of a corporate scheme and whose family is put into witness protection, it's the Madea aspect we're not hot on. No offense to Tyler Perry (cuz we kind of ripped him a bit earlier this week, too.)
But yeah! We'll definitely be seeing Magic Mike and People Like Us this weekend, so be on the lookout for those reviews!
S: And also a big THANK YOU to all of our readers! Because of you our small movie review blog had over 1,500 page views in June and we broke that record this month in only 26 days!!! So THANK YOU for your continued support!