Robert Chesley

In Theaters This Week – “Warrior”, “Contagion”, and “Bucky Larson”

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Seems like a pretty slow week at the theaters this week.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law (Full Cast)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
The Plot: The Center for Disease Control dispatches an international team of doctors to stop an airborne virus from spreading around the world.
“Contagion” judging from the trailer which you can see for yourself below, has a laundry list of semi-big name actors in it. It seems like an outbreak of some super virus is taking over our country in a matter of months. Matt Damon delivers his best “Mark Walhburg” line in the middle of the trailer. It has potential. Typically, Soderbergh’s movies are typically well made, this looks to be no different. He has said to view the film as a “horror” movie of sorts.

Director: Gavin O’Connor
Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton (Full Cast)
Studio: Lionsgate
The Plot: Ex-Marine Tommy Riordan (Hardy) returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh to train for a mixed martial arts tournament with a major cast prize. Looking to his father (Nolte), an alcoholic former coach, for guidance is tough enough, but Tommy’s chosen path also is putting him on a collision course with his older brother, Brendan (Edgerton), a former MMA and current struggling parent.

“Warrior” has been giving me “The Fighter” vibes ever since I first saw the trailer for it. I love these kinds of sports movies and fights are the ultimate in sports movie gold. Directed by Gavin O’Conner who also brought us another great sports film, “Miracle”, this seems to be the best bet for a good time at the cinemas this week.

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
Director: Tom Brady
Stars: Nick Swardson, Don Johnson, Christina Ricci (Full Cast)
Studio: Columbia Pictures
The Plot: After learning that his parents were porn stars in the 1970s, a nerdy guy (Swardson) leaves his home in northern Iowa for Hollywood, hoping to follow in their footsteps. He’s taken in by a down-and-out director (Johnson) who sees a bright future for him and the kid.

If there would be one movie I would avoid like the “contagion” this week it would be this film. The trailer, which for comedies typically show all the funny moments, didn’t really make me laugh. While porn is funny, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a good comedy that has mined “porn film comedy” successfully and this doesn’t appear to be it. I’m not really a big fan of Nick Swardson much anyways, that probably has a lot to do with the enjoyment of this film for me.

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