Your Weekend Movie Preview: 30 Days of Night, Rendition, The Comebacks, Gone Baby Gone

Those pesky vampires are back in “30 Days of Night” and this time they’re preying on a poor Alaskan town that has to endure 30 endless days of nights. Ouch. I guess it’s true what they say; it really is about location, location, location. Meanwhile, sports movie get parodied by the God awful looking “The Comebacks”, actor-writer Ben Affleck tries his hand at directing with “Gone Baby Gone”, and Reese Witherspoon battles the CIA in “Rendition”. In limited release, Halle Berry contemplates “Things We Lost in the Fire”, and J-Lo digs deep in the Texas-Mexico border, or as we call it down here, “Bordertown”.


30 Days of Night: In Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the U.S, the winter sun sets and does not rise for 30 days and nights. From the darkness comes an evil force that strikes terror on the town, and all hope is pinned on a husband-and-wife cop team.

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Jon Bennett, Ben Foster
Directed by: David Slade


The Comebacks: This spoof comedy follows an out-of-luck coach, Lambeau Fields, who takes a rag-tag bunch of college misfits and drives them towards the football championships. In the process, this life-long loser discovers that he is a winner after all by redeeming himself, saving his relationship with his family and friends, and finding that there is indeed, no “I” in “team”!

Starring: David Koechner, Carl Weathers, Matt Lawrence, Brooke Nevin, George Back
Directed by: Tom Brady


Gone Baby Gone: Two young private detectives are hired to take a closer look at the mysterious disappearance of a little girl and soon discover that nothing is what it seems. Ultimately, they will have to risk everything — their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives — to find a little girl-lost.

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman, John Ashton
Directed by: Ben Affleck


Rendition: A thriller that centers on Isabella El-Ibrahimi, the American wife of Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi, who disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. Isabella desperately tries to track her husband down, while a CIA analyst at a secret detention facility outside the U.S. is forced to question his assignment as he becomes party to the man’s unorthodox interrogation.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Omar Metwally, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin
Directed by: Gavin Hood


Things We Lost in the Fire: Audrey Burke is reeling from the shock of the news that has just been delivered to her door by the local police: her warm and loving husband Brian, the father of their two young children, has been killed in a random act of violence. Once anchored by the love and comforts of their 11-year marriage, Audrey is now adrift. Impulsively, she turns to Jerry Sunborne, a down-and-out addict who has been her husband’s close friend since childhood. Desperate to fill the painful void caused by her husband’s death, Audrey invites Jerry to move into the room adjacent to their garage in the hope that he can help her and her children cope with their sudden loss. Jerry is facing a daily battle to stay off drugs, but in his unexpected role as surrogate parent and friend to Audrey’s son and daughter he finds a core of inner resilience. As Jerry and Audrey navigate grief and denial, their fragile bonds are constantly tested. Working together, however, they discover the strength to move forward.

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Halle Berry, David Duchovny, Alexis Llewellyn, Micah Berry
Directed by: Susanne Bier


Opening in Select Theaters:

Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour
A 17-year-old girl has mysterious encounters with the strange, secret and supernatural in the small town of Pine Valley.

The Ten Commandments
The classic Old Testament biblical tale of Moses’ harrowing exodus from Egypt comes to life in this animated feature.

Jennifer Lopez is a reporter out to investigate the brutal rapes and murders of hundreds of women near the factories of Juarez.

How to Cook Your Life
Zen priest of cookery Edward Brown demonstrates that cooking is a feast of the senses, as well as an act of love and generosity.

O Jerusalem
The story of two American friends set during the historic conflict and struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

Reservation Road
Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo are two fathers whose families and lives become intertwined by a tragic, fatal car accident.

Wristcutters: A Love Story
A heartbroken young man find himself in a strange afterlife way station reserved for people who have committed suicide.