Weekend Movie Trailers and Reviews: '50/50' Has Heart (and Cancer)by: Posted:
There aren't a lot of "big" titles in movie theaters this weekend, so you'll have to wait until next week for a big actioner like "Real Steel." But while this weekend's titles might not be huge ones, they have something better about them: they're good. Well, a couple of them are anyway.
Rated R, 99 mins.
Yes, this movie is about a young guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is diagnosed with cancer. But it's a comedy! In fact, the real strength of "50/50" is in how the movie balances drama with comedy, moving seamlessly between them. Seth Rogen also stars as the best friend who help his ailing buddy through the ordeal, shaved head and all. They're also joined by Bryce Dallas Howard and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick.
Rotten Tomatoes has "50/50" at a 91% rating among critics. Reviews praise the dextrous writing and stellar cast, and call it a movie with plenty of laughs and lots of heart.
See it if: You want to cry into your popcorn AND laugh so hard your Sprite comes out your nose.
Rated R, 106 mins.
This romantic comedy comes from a writing team that is new to feature films, but has a long resume of TV credits, including "Scrubs," "Seinfeld," "The Simpsons" and many others. That doesn't necessarily mean that the humor of those shows will translate to the big screen, though.
The premise is a little lacking in real-world logic, but has some "movie logic": Ally ("House Bunny" star Anna Faris) hears that once you date 20 people, you're doomed to be alone. So, she goes back to re-visit her 19 ex-boyfriends to see if any of them are marriage material. Also, "Captain America" star Chris Evans somehow plays into this.
Rotten Tomatoes has "What's Your Number?" at a disappointing 26% among critics. While the cast is filled with some very funny, talented comedic actors, the script just doesn't support them.
See it if: You want to point at Chris Evans and laugh.
Rated R, 86 mins.
A huge hit on the festival circuit, "Tucker & Dale vs Evil" is shaping up to join the likes of "Shaun of the Dead" in two categories: hilarious horror comedies, and small movies that turned out to be pretty successful.
The movie focuses on Tucker and Dale, two friends who are vacationing in their backwoods cabin when a gang of teenagers mistakes them for psycho killer hillbillies. That makes things sort of like "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" mixed with "Deliverance," but in reverse and with jokes... and possibly even more blood.
Rotten Tomatoes has "Tucker & Dale vs Evil" at a solid 86% among critics. It's scary, it's funny, and the two leads (Tyler Labine and "Firefly" alum Alan Tudyk) are ones to watch.
See it if: You think those other horror movies take themselves a little too seriously (and don't have enough blood).
(Trailer is a red-band, and is NSFW):