Finally, that dumping ground between summer blockbusters and fall awards contenders is behind us, the era of “Riddick” and “Getaway” and “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
Gone are the days when we think of Josh Peck as “box office.” OK, not quite. “Battle of the Year,” hyped to the max, should do well this weekend. And the early reviews for that one are mixed.
But everything else is at least solid, entertaining, thought provoking enough to make this first Fall Film weekend a winner.
“Prisoners” is pulling very good reviews. A tricky, smart thriller that has terrific performances by Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Paul Dano and Melissa Leo to recommend it — and a 2:30 running time to give you pause — this is a “Go See it” movie, a real palette cleanser after the Summer of (Mostly) Stupid.
Then there’s “Enough Said,” a Nicole Holofcener rom-com with a taste of the bittersweet. She doesn’t transform Julia Louis-Dreyfus, just lets her do her thing. One of the last credits of JAmes GAndolfini. Nice.
“Thanks for Sharing” is a sex addiction rom-com with a SERIOUS streak amidst its mockery. Very good work by Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow. Josh Gad and Pink are the comic relief, with Gad’s character somewhat undercutting the 12 step seriousness of it all. Decent, mixed reviews for this one.
And who doesn’t love “The Wizard of Oz”? It’s back on the big screen, in 3D. Take a kid, scare them a bit and give them a memory like the ones you have of this, the first great children’s movie.