Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday Night Movie Recommendations with Abe

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies With Abe. I'm going to be providing a handy guide to a few choice movies currently playing in NYC as well as several films newly released on DVD. I’ll also aim to comment on those films I have not yet had the chance to see, and I invite you to add in your thoughts on any films I haven’t seen in the comments below. Understandably, some weeks will have considerably fewer releases to address than others.

Now Playing in NYC

Oscar contender We Need to Talk About Kevin is out at the Angelika and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas today, and I hope to see that sometime next week. Ideally, I’d love to see Contraband, but I think it can way for DVD. I could definitely skip Joyful Noise.

New to DVD

Moneyball (recommended): This sports film gets great performances out of Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill as a general manager and whiz kid, respectively, who team up to try to change how baseball works. It’s an affirming, energizing, and genuinely captivating film, and it’s going to perform very well at the Oscars.

I Am (anti-recommended): This pointless documentary is supposed to showcase the newfound outlook on life possessed by Tom Shadyac after an accident, but I’m not sure why we need to see 76 minutes of the director of “Ace Ventura” and “Liar Liar” randomly piecing together irrelevant and meaningless statistics and ideas.

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