This week the shelves are packed, and just in time for the holidays! Check out the long-awaited big-screen debut of Springfield’s finest (The Simpsons Movie), Matthew Vaughn‘s fantastic tale of witches, romance, and flying pirates (Stardust), or, as we strongly advise, take a chance on one of the year’s best cinematic gems (Once).


The Simpsons Movie

Tomatometer: 88%

It took eleven Simpsons scribes to bring the yellowest family in America to the big screen — and a marketing campaign turning 7-Eleven stores into Kwik-E-Marts that can only be described as “inspired” — but the payoff was huge. After 19 more-or-less stellar seasons (ok, quite a few were less but it got better, didn’t it?) Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie made a fashionably late entrance into the movies, to the tune of over half a billion dollars and counting, with a feature-length adventure involving the destruction of Springfield, a pet pig, environmentalism, Albert Brooks, and Green Day.

 



Stardust

Tomatometer: 75%

Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ illustrated fairy tale captivated readers upon publication in 1997; a decade later, Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn enlisted the likes of Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Charlie Cox) in an English town called Wall bordered by a secret realm of magic, pirates and witches, the Certified Fresh Stardust dazzled critics with its heartfelt, if sprawling, tale of romance and adventure. Check out the DVD for behind-the-scenes commentary, deleted scenes, and a blooper reel.

Once

Tomatometer: 98%

John Carney‘s Irish Once is, quite simply, one of the best films of 2007. The micro-budgeted musical — shot for an astounding $160,000 guerilla-style, on the streets of Dublin — stars real-life artistic partners Glen Hansard (of The Frames) and Marketa Irglova, as a busker and an immigrant who meet and form an immediate musical bond. The Grammy-nominated soundtrack bears 13 hauntingly beautiful original songs, which alone are worth the price of admission. If you missed it in theaters — and a lot of you did — pick it up now on DVD.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut


Tomatometer: 96%

In 1982, Ridley Scott unleashed his stylishly noir sci-fi tale of replicants and blade runners onto the world, and geeks the world over were never the same. But whose vision did they see? After a 1992 Director’s Cut that was ironically not Scott-approved, we now have Blade Runner: The Final Cut. At 93 percent, the original version already had overwhelming critical praise; at 96 percent, Scott’s “final” vision, available this week, may be even closer to perfection.

Bring It On: In It To Win It

Tomatometer: N/A

The original Bring it On (2000) was a gem of a teen comedy about a privileged high school cheer captain (Kirsten Dunst) trawling the cutthroat waters of competitive cheerleading; the uninspired sequel, set on a college campus, provoked one to lament “it’s already been broughten.” Thankfully, a third installment (Bring it On: All or Nothing, starring Hayden Panetierre) revived the flagging franchise, leading us to hope, spirit fingers waving, that the feat could be repeated…in a third sequel! Bring it On: In It To Win It is that new hope — a cheertastic take on Romeo and Juliet. Sigh.

Balls of Fury

Tomatometer: 25%

If you’re like me, you love Comedy Central’s Reno 911; maybe, then, you won’t mind the underrated Balls of Fury, an Enter The Dragon-style spoof about the illicit ping-pong circuit starring Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, Maggie Q and James (Lo Pan!) Hong. Lo Pan!

Underdog

Tomatometer: 15%

Oh Jason Lee, what hath you wrought? You haven’t had this bad a critical ravaging since Stealing Harvard!

Fans of the joyously insane Will Ferrell have no doubt been looking forward to "Talladega Nights" for quite some time, and they’ll be happy to know that there’s an all-new trailer up for the upcoming comedy. (Truth be told, much of the new trailer consists of material from the old teaser…) Plus the official site is live as well, so go have some fun.

"Opening August 4, "Talladega Nights" tells the story of NASCAR stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) whose "win at all costs" approach has made him a national hero. He and his loyal racing partner, childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly), are a fearless duo — dubbed "Thunder" and "Lightning" by their fans for their ability to finish so many races in the #1 and #2 positions, with Cal always in second place. When a flamboyant French Formula One driver, Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), challenges the "Thunder" and "Lightning" for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing’s top driver. Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb and Jane Lynch also star."

Directed by "Anchorman" helmer Adam McKay, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" opens on August 4th.

Thanks to CS.net for el synopsis de la plot.

Tobey Maguire (“Spider-Man“) will co-produce and star in the romantic comedy “Quiet Type,” says The Hollywood Reporter. The plots deals with an “unassuming mute from a small town who moves to New York to pursue his dreams of conducting an orchestra.”

Word is that Mr. Maguire’s character will remain entirely mute for the entire film, which is something that the actor found quite intriguing. The original spec script for “Quiet Type” came from Rob Perez, which New Line promptly handed over to Martin Hynes (“Stealing Harvard“) and then Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King“) for a few rewrites.

Former "Kids in the Hall" comedian Bruce McCulloch will write and direct the comedy "Comeback Season," and it looks like leading man Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas," "No Escape") has also climbed aboard. Liotta will star alongside Shaun Sipos ("Final Destination 2," "Baby Geniuses 2"), Glenne Headly ("Eulogy," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels") and Rachel Blanchard ("Road Trip," "Without a Paddle").Regarding the plot, Variety says "Liotta plays a man who cheats on his wife and moves in next door with the local high school football star, as they both try to win back the hearts of the women they love." McCulloch’s other directorial efforts include "Dog Park," "Superstar," and "Stealing Harvard." The production will get underway this May.

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