I Can Do Bad All By Myself
directed by Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry does indeed appear in his latest film, dressed in ridiculous garb as bizarre characters, including his beloved Madea. But viewers won’t be seeing him for long. Instead, I Can Do Bad All By Myself stars Taraji P. Henson as April, a nightclub singer. Her life transforms with the semi-forced, unwanted admission of three young relatives into her home, a better-received introduction of a thick-accented man and a little help from a seasoned diva extraordinaire (Gladys Knight).
directed by Shane Acker
9 (not to be confused with Rob Marshall’s Nine) is the latest Tim Burton production featuring nine rusted-rag doll like creatures in a humanless world. The color scheme of the film is rather drab, muddled with grays and browns, but what else can one expect in a world overrun by machines? Elijah Wood voices the character 9, who leads the pack, which includes the voices of Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau and Crispin Glover, who are on a mission to save the world. Animation isn’t always just for kids. Based on an Oscar-nominated short, 9 is this is the first animated feature to be rated PG-13.
directed by Stewart Hendler
The fall season generally ushers in a slew of horror remakes, and Sorority Row is the first of many more to come. Still B-list horror at its best, Sorority Row goes through the formulaic changes—dark blue filters, low-key lighting, a bass-driven screaming soundtrack and some pouty-faced girls—tto become a proper, postmodern remake. Among the actresses, most of whom have fallen from the graces of teenybopper television and reality TV, is Audrina Patridge of “The Hills” fame as the movie’s accidental murder victim. The trailer offers no laughs, despite being described by its production company as “a cross between Scream and Mean Girls.” Instead, Sorority Row looks like the gothic outcast’s wet dream, destroying the Greek system one over-privileged girl at a time.