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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - '2012,' 'Pirate Radio' & More

November 9th, 2009 9:52am EST | Evan Crean By: Evan Crean
2012At some point this week I hope to catch the wacky comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats." While I have read some bad reviews of the film, I believe my tendency to disagree with the mainstream, could be a wild card for my own appraisal of the movie.

I'm having difficulty believing the collection of George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges could contribute to a horrific film considering I how much appreciate their abilities on screen.

Roland Emmerich destroys the world yet another time this week with his apocalyptic tale "2012." The quirky animation of Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" makes a limited release in theaters joined by "Pirate Radio," "The Messenger," "Dare," and "Women in Trouble."

2012


The end of the world has arrived in the year 2012, as predicted by the Mayan calendar. It's up to an academic researcher to guide humanity in the best way to counteract the apocalyptic events foreseen by the ancient civilization.

Roland Emmerich, the man behind 2004's wintry disaster film "The Day After Tomorrow" revisits familiar territory, directing "2012." Emmerich co-writes the destructive epic with Harald Kroser, his previous collaborator on 2008's "10,000 BC." Hollywood big names featured in the end of the world include John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, and Woody Harrelson.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Moviegoers, who don't mind a film where plot takes a backseat to over- the-top special effects, are the kind of people that should see "2012." If the apocalypse is something that interests you, then you will probably want to see how things play out in Roland Emmerich's version of the end of days.

PIRATE RADIO


In the 1960s, the British government has banned rock n roll from its airwaves. Determined to defy the government, a band of rogue DJs starts a pirate radio station aboard a ship in the middle of Britain's North Sea. This group of renegades hooks their listeners on popular music, which preaches the ideals of love and free will.

Directing his second film, Richard Curtis, the scribe for the "Bridget Jones" movies and "Love Actually," brings viewers this inspirational 1960s tale based on a true story. Curtis makes use his writing abilities as well, penning the screenplay for "Pirate Radio."



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of the period piece genre, hoping to relive the wild days of the 1960s should check this movie out. If you're looking for a light-hearted, inspirational comedy led by Philip Seymour Hoffman, then this film is for you.

THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX


Based on the children's book by author Roald Dahl, disgruntled farmers tired of sharing their chickens with a clever fox, decide to eliminate him and his family.

Written and directed by Wes Anderson, the mind behind dysfunctional comedies like "The Royal Tenenbaums," this animated film boasts a quirkier experience than the Pixar fare with which audiences are quite familiar.

Noah Baumbach, who helped Anderson write 2004's "Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" assists in penning the screenplay for "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." An all-star cast of celebrity voices in the film includes George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, and Willem Dafoe.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Children who grew up reading the Roald Dahl classic, on which the movie is based, will be anxious to see if the film does the book justice. If you follow Wes Anderson's quirky variety of filmmaking, you should see him delve into the animated genre.

THE MESSENGER


A soldier (Ben Foster) tasked with informing next of kin when their loved ones die in battle, struggles with an ethical dilemma after he becomes romantically involved with the widow (Samantha Morton) of a fallen officer.

Making his directorial debut, Oren Moverman helms this emotionally charged war-time drama that has already won several film festival awards. Moverman co-writes the film with Alessandro Camon, better known for his role behind the scenes as a producer.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences in search of an unconventional romantic film that involves finding love when it's least expected, will want to see this movie. If you feel that Woody Harrelson is underappreciated for his talents as an actor, definitely take the time to see his performance in this film.

DARE


When a pompous actor tells the good girl Alexa (Emily Rossum) that she has not truly experienced life, she decides to take a risk, pursuing the mysterious bad boy Johnny (Zach Gilford). Jealous, her shy best friend Ben (Ashley Springer) complicates Alexa's relationship by pursuing Johnny and pushing the boundaries among the three friends.

Adam Salky, directs this film based on his 2005 short by the same name. Salky's collaborator on the short, David Brind writes the screenplay for this expansion on the 2005 work.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: If you are the type of moviegoer that enjoys unconventional coming of age stories, then you will be inclined to see this film about three high school students struggling to deal with a complicated relationship.

WOMEN IN TROUBLE


Different forms of trouble bring together eight seemingly different women over the course of one day in Los Angeles.

Sebastian Gutierrez takes a break from the horror/thriller genre, reinventing himself by writing and directing this story about eight women whose lives are more connected than they think.

Led by a strong female cast, the film features Adrianne Palicki, Connie Britton, Marley Shelton, and Cameron Richardson. Notable male appearances in the movie include Josh Brolin, Simon Baker, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Women who like stories featuring strong female characters, coping with universal problems that all women face, should see this film. If you like movies that weave together the lives of strangers into a cohesive learning experience for all of the characters involved, then you will want to catch "Women in Trouble."

Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.