my week at the movies: ‘2012,’ ‘Women in Trouble,’ ‘The Strip,’ ‘A Single Man,’ ‘The Missing Person,’ ‘Nine,’ ‘Everybody’s Fine,’ ‘Serious Moonlight’

Woo-hoo! It’s the end of the world — again — as Roland Emmerich knows it, and I feel fine. Oh, there can be no question that this is crap, but will 2012 (opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on November 13) be glorious crap? I think it might be. I hope it might be. I’m dreading it, but I’m kinda looking forward to it, too. Does that make sense?

I’m not particularly looking forward to the apparently sexist claptrap of Women in Trouble (opens in the U.S. on November 13; no U.K. release date has been announced), but I will delighted, as always, to be proven mistaken about the film. But then I’ll have to go off on a rant about misleading trailers…

The Strip (opens in the U.S. on December 4; no U.K. release date has been announced) sounds like it might be more sexist claptrap, but in fact the title refers to a strip mall, and the people who work there, including the Kids in the Hall’s Dave Foley. Foley was in Postal, though, so I’m reserving judgment for now.

I’m not a fan of Tom Ford the fashion designer — or Tom Ford the magazine editor — but I’m perfectly willing to reserve judgment on Tom Ford the filmmaker till after I see A Single Man (opens in the U.S. on December 11, and in the U.K. on February 12, 2010), cuz damned if it doesn’t look pretty amazing. Also: it stars my boyfriends Colin Firth and Lee Pace… and honestly, aren’t they everyone’s boyfriends?

What drew me to The Missing Person (opens in the U.S. on November 20; no U.K. release date has been announced)? In a name: Michael Shannon. He was so awesome in Revolutionary Road and Bug that I’ll see in anything now. Oh, and Amy Ryan, awesome in Gone Baby Gone stars in the modern noir, too. So it’s all good, hopefully.

Another nine movie for 2009: Nine (opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on December 18) is a musical from Chicago director Rob Marshall (though he did also direct the hilariously terrible Memoirs of a Geisha) Nice cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard. Could be yummy.

Oh, no, it’s a home-for-the-holidays thing in Everybody’s Fine (opens in the U.S. on December 4, and in the U.K. on February 19, 2010), except all the kids are blowing off dad. Dad is Robert DeNiro, the kids are Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Drew Barrymore, and it’s from Waking Ned Devine writer-director Kirk Jones, so with any luck it’ll be more than Meet the Parents in reverse, or something.

Serious Moonlight (opens in the U.S. on December 4; no U.K. release date has been announced; watch it on demand via Amazon right now) is the last film that Adrienne Shelly worked on before she died; actress Cheryl Hines took her script and ran with it as a first-time director. Meg Ryan stars as a woman getting revenge on her husband for something or other. Oh noes! The wominz is making a movie!

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Mon, Nov 09, 2009 4:13pm

After watching the 5min “exlusive scene” for 2012 on youtube, I’m all for getting sloshed and going with my other geology friends…

Hank Graham
Hank Graham
Mon, Nov 09, 2009 4:54pm

I don’t know if 2012 will be glorious trash, but given “Raising 2012,” I think it’s going to be grist for the greatest fan-edit EVAR.

Mon, Nov 09, 2009 10:53pm

I’m sure it’s been ’round here a few times already, but I don’t think this trailer could be mentioned enough;

Tue, Nov 10, 2009 3:19am

Muzz, that is beautiful. Thank you. That’s totally gonna be my Web Video of the Day later today.

Tue, Nov 10, 2009 11:37am

Muzz, awesome!