Your Weekend Movie Preview: The Invasion, The Last Legion, Superbad

Nicole Kidman kicks alian ass, former Miss World Aishwarya Rai kicks gladiator ass, and Judd Apatow tries to kick the box office’s ass with three hits in a roll. Your Weekend Movie Preview starts with Nicole Kidman in “The Invasion”, the contemporary remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, set in D.C. in present times. The troubled production has been getting mixed reviews by just about everyone, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying what should be a sci-fi paranoid thriller with plenty of action, if the rumors that the Wachowski Brothers were brought in to amp up the action are true.

The company line:

The mysterious crash of the space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways. Soon Washington, DC psychiatrist Carol Bennell and her friend, Dr. Ben Driscoll, learn the shocking truth about the growing extraterrestrial epidemic: it attacks its victims while they sleep, leaving them physically unchanged but strangely unfeeling and inhuman. As the infection spreads, more and more people are altered and it becomes impossible to know who can be trusted. Now Carol’s only hope is to stay awake long enough to find her young son, who may hold the key to stopping the devastating invasion.

Starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jeffrey Wright, Jackson Bond, and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.

The trailer:

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The best part of “The Last Legion” was revealed in the trailer — that the film is a prologue to the King Arthur legend, something that isn’t actually revealed until waaaaaaaaay at the end of the movie itself. But that’s today’s Hollywood PR machine for ya — who needs surprise? We’ve already reviewed the film here, and we can’t say as if we recommend it. It’s a TV mini-series trying to be a theatrical film, and the budget constraints are very obvious.

The company line:

Rome, 476 AD. As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain with the help of a loyal General, his band of soldiers, and a foreign female warrior to track down a legion of supporters.

Starring Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai, Thomas Sangster, Peter Mullan, and directed by Doug Lefler.

The trailer:

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Easily the guaranteed box office champ of the weekend, without a doubt. “Superbad” is heavily selling the teen comedy (and it’s funny, too!) and the association of producer Judd Apatow in the trailers, and that’s a recipe for a hit. The only question is how big will the hit be. I’m guessing $30 million, maybe?

The company line:

Two co-dependent high school guys want to hook up with girls before they graduate and go off to different colleges, but, after a calamitous night just trying to buy alcohol for a school party, overcoming their separation anxiety becomes a greater challenge than getting the girls.

Starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader, Martha MacIsaac, and directed by Greg Mottola.

The (red band) trailer:



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