Race to Witch Mountain
directed by Andy Fickman
Disney has teamed up with director Andy Fickman (She’s the Man, The Game Plan) to remake and tweak 1975’s Escape to Witch Mountain. Alien children with supernatural powers chased by some secret organization and chauffeured by The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson? Seems out of this world, and not in a good way. Original Escape to Witch Mountain stars Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann return, as youngsters Alexander Ludwig and AnnaSophia Robb take over in this film that is the only PG-fare debuting this week.
The Last House on the Left
director Dennis Iliadis
The remake bug has hit Wes Craven again. He’s producing this remake of his 1972 The Last House on the Left (a title that was, interestingly enough, adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring). After attacking two women, a gang led by a prison escapee (Garret Dillahunt) finds itself in a home owned by one of the victim’s parents. Talk about bad luck. But will this be bad luck for Craven and Iliadis? Audiences will tell, but seeing how it’s opening on Friday the 13th, chances are horror fans might be flocking to theaters in hopes of the third time being the charm.
directed by Christine Jeffs
After not creating much buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Jeffs’ Sunshine Cleaning hits theaters in limited release. This quirky film deals with a dysfunctional family who starts a bio-hazardous material disposal business in order to afford tuition for private school. With Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Clifton Collins Jr., Alan Arkin and Steve Zahn starring, this is one film that certainly isn’t toxic.
directed by Zack Cregger and Trevor Moore
The last thing American cinema needs is another road trip movie motivated by sex. But alas, it’s one thing we just keep on getting. Miss March is a mismatch, just on concept alone: After falling into a four-year coma, Eugene (Cregger) awakens to pursue losing his virginity to his high school sweetheart, who is now a Playboy bunny. Cregger and Moore, who wrote, directed and are starring in the picture, have a pretty strong fan base from their comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’Know, but probably not strong enough for this movie to make any noise. It’s being labeled as a comedy, yet this movie doesn’t seem like the genuine laugh-inducing type—except for those who just can’t wait for that next American Pie straight-to-DVD release.