The Next Three Days is the "other" film this weekend. You know, the one without teenage wizards running around. This movie, directed by Paul Haggis, features Russell Crowe as community college professor John Brennan, struggling to hold his family together in the face of hope-murdering odds: his wife, Lara, has been accused of murder and sentenced to life in prison; their young son, Luke, is struggling with the absence of his mother; and the legal bills are piling up with bankruptcy looming on the near horizon.
Part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is incredibly entertaining and exciting, but far too mature for younger audiences. The film really proves that the characters (as well as the actors) have grown up, and as they age, the external and internal pressures increase dramatically.
Someone must have forgotten to tell director Tony Scott that the old insult, “You couldn't direct a train wreck,” was never meant to be a challenge because he decided to try it. The result of that decision is Unstoppable, a movie inspired by a real-life runaway train in 2001 and Scott's second outing on the tracks, his first being The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Scott is in his element with Unstoppable. The film is textbook filmmaking with the ante being raised at every hair raising curve.
Morning Glory is not your average chick flick, though it embodies most of the necessary elements in order to be characterized as such. Of course, there is a beautiful and highly capable protagonist in need of a hero, and a handsome man with whom the lovely leading lady becomes enamored, but in a deviation from the standard chick flick, he is not a prince charming who swoops in and saves the day. In fact, our heroine owes much more of her “rescue” to a significantly older gentleman, and above all, to herself.
Due Date begins innocently enough with Robert Downey, Jr.'s character, Pete Highman, leaving his pregnant wife a message on her voice mail consisting mostly of his opinion on various names for their baby. She is due to have a C-section in a few days and the day scheduled for the procedure is where the film gets its title. Of course, if you have seen the trailer, you already know that. In fact, if you have seen the trailer, you probably know how the rest of the film goes as well. It is a fairly straightforward buddy comedy.