Diagnosis: Film–Weekend of Jan. 28

This week seems like it’s another one of those “catch up on older films I haven’t seen” weeks. Sure, The Mechanic sounds like a popcorn riot and Biutiful looks to crush the very fiber of your soul. I’m just not all THAT anxious to see any of these this weekend. Your mileage may vary, however. Do any of these look watchable to you? Let us know in the comments! As always, you can click on the poster or the title to go straight to the trailer.

Films after the jump!

The Mechanic

Directed By: Simon West
Written By: Richard Wenk & Lewis John Carlino
Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (2,700 screens)
Synopsis: Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

Thoughts: The ingredients are Jason Statham, Ben Foster and shit exploding.

Diagnosis: What more do you want?

The Rite

Director: Mikael Håfström
Written By: Michael Petroni
Starring: Colin O’Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins and Ciarán Hinds
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (2,900+ screens)
Synopsis: An American priest travels to Italy to study at an exorcism school.

Thoughts: Perhaps one of the creepiest poster campaigns in awhile. I mean, have you ever been driving along at night and seen THAT staring back at you? Enough to make you crap your pants.

Diagnosis: Meh.

Biutiful

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Written By: Alejandro González Iñárritu & Armando Bo
Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez and Hanaa Bouchaib
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (50 screens)
Synopsis:

This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who’s sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever.

Thoughts: Javier Bardem. And other stuff happens too.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

From Prada to Nada

Director: Angel Gracia
Written By: Fina Torres & Luis Alfaro
Starring: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega and Kuno Becker
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (250 screens)
Synopsis: A Latina spin on Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father’s sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles.

Thoughts: It’s about rich people who are forced to be poor. And it has the girl from Spy Kids in it.

Diagnosis: Zzzzzzz

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

Director: Wilson Yip
Written By: Edmond Wong
Starring: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung and Simon Yam
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (20 screens)
Synopsis: Centering on Ip Man’s migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Thoughts: I still have to see the first one.

Diagnosis: Want to see!

Kaboom

Director: Gregg Araki
Written By: Gregg Araki
Starring: Haley Bennett, Thomas Dekker and James Duval
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (1 screen)
Synopsis: A sci-fi story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students.

Thoughts: Despite the insanely trite line about Mel Gibson, the trailer kind of has me hooked. And they claim it’s Sci-Fi, and I like Sci-Fi.

Diagnosis: Curious to see!

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  • Biutiful also just garnered Oscar noms for Best Foreign Film and Best Actor (Bardem). That said, I was enough turned off by Babel to be a little more wary of Inarritu at this point, though I loved Amores Perros and 21 Grams. We’ll see.

    Kurt’s Row Three review of Kaboom: http://www.rowthree.com/2011/01/27/vod-review-kaboom/ He wasn’t a huge fan, though there seem to be some intriguing things in there, and he did think highly of Juno Temple.

    • I don’t think I’ve seen any Inarritu, actually. Should probably fix that, huh? I really liked that at the end of the trailer for Biutiful I still didn’t quite know what the film was about. Made me all the more curious about it. Not to mention that I kind of want to have all the Oscar noms seen this year so I can more accurately hate on the ones that didn’t deserve to win. 😀

    • I can’t believe I forgot that Gregg Araki did The Doom Generation, which I kind of enjoyed. I’ve meant to follow this guy and see the rest of his filmography, but kind of forgot.

  • Also, that poster. You know. *shudder*

  • Biutiful also just garnered Oscar noms for Best Foreign Film and Best Actor (Bardem). That said, I was enough turned off by Babel to be a little more wary of Inarritu at this point, though I loved Amores Perros and 21 Grams. We’ll see.

    Kurt’s Row Three review of Kaboom: http://www.rowthree.com/2011/01/27/vod-review-kaboom/ He wasn’t a huge fan, though there seem to be some intriguing things in there, and he did think highly of Juno Temple.

    • I don’t think I’ve seen any Inarritu, actually. Should probably fix that, huh? I really liked that at the end of the trailer for Biutiful I still didn’t quite know what the film was about. Made me all the more curious about it. Not to mention that I kind of want to have all the Oscar noms seen this year so I can more accurately hate on the ones that didn’t deserve to win. 😀

    • I can’t believe I forgot that Gregg Araki did The Doom Generation, which I kind of enjoyed. I’ve meant to follow this guy and see the rest of his filmography, but kind of forgot.

  • Also, that poster. You know. *shudder*