Robert Chesley

In Theaters – “I don’t know how she does it”, “Straw Dogs”, and “Drive”

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It seems this week we are getting three movies of varying tastes.

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Director: Douglas McGrath
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer (Full Cast)
Studio: Weinstein Company, The
The Plot: Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband (Greg Kinnear) and two kids. A new account adds another layer to her already packed schedule — and it includes temptation in the form of business associate Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan).

I’m interested to see if Pierce Brosnan can be as suave as he was in the James Bond films. This film looks like it is geared towards the late 30s early 40s married crowd. So bear that in mind.

Straw Dogs

Director: Rod Lurie
Stars: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård (Full Cast)
Studio: Screen Gems
The Plot: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner (Marsden) relocates with his wife Amy (Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

Definitely my pick if I were to pick one of these three movies to see this week. I’m a huge fan of racial tension movies and James Marsden looks to be a great choice for this role.

Drive

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston (Full Cast)
Studio: FilmDistrict
The Plot: A Hollywood stuntman (Gosling) who moonlights as a get-away driver for the criminal underground finds himself on the run from after a botched job. Riding shotgun and equally in danger are his neighbor (Mulligan) and her child.

If you’re looking for a “guy movie” this may be you’re only option this week. It seems if you are a huge fan of the Transporter style of films, you’ll fit right in with this one. Everyone’s favorite “actor’s actor”, Bryan Cranston finds himself into this film. They guy has really blossomed since overcoming the “I used to be Malcom’s dad” role.

To recap, I would strongly suggest Straw Dogs based on the trailer alone. I wouldn’t mind seeing Drive but it really just sounds like a pizza and soda night at home to me. I would suggest “One Day” over “I don’t know how she does it” but if you’ve already seen that film, this seems to be the only other sensible option.

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