Nashville New Releases – September 23, 2011

It’s that time of year again!  Fall is in the air, college football is on TV and almost every weekend another Oscar hopeful film comes out.  There are several new releases to the Nashville Area this week and one in particular that has some pretty serious Oscar implications. 
MONEYBALL is the one to watch this week; both in actually seeing the film as well as its progress throughout the 2011 awards season.  MONEYBALL stars Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman and is based on the true story of Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, and his avant-garde approach to building a successful baseball team.  The film is directed by Bennett Miller, who also directed the Best Picture nominee, CAPOTE.  Aaron Sorkin, Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner for THE SOCIAL NETWORK, had a hand in writing the screenplay for this film as well.  MONEYBALL premiered recently at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival to great reviews, including 3 ½ stars by Peter Travers.  Despite its early release, MONEYBALL has major Oscar potential and could very well be in the best picture race.  It’s also one of my most anticipated films of the year.

ABDUCTION stars the non-sparkly, but hairy TWILIGHT boy, Taylor Lautner, who plays Nathan, this guy who finds out he was abducted when he was little.  ABDUCTION at the moment has 29 reviews with a 7% on Rottentomatoes.  It’s directed by John Singleton and stars: Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello and Sigourney Weaver, though if you’re like me you’d rather be stuck in space with an alien than in a theatre watching this film.  With a poster that straight ganks the vibe from the BOURNE IDENTITY, ABDUCTION’s early reviews all site a niche in the teenage girl department.  Knock yourselves out, girls!
If ABDUCTION isn’t intense enough for you, there’s always the yearly film in which Robert De Niro chops away at his once stellar career with a throw-away action/comedy flick.  This time it’s action, but the throw-away remains.  KILLER ELITE is directed by Gary McKendry stars Jason Statham, the go-to guy for action films and Clive Owen, another actor who we should keep an eye on lest he go off the deep end.
If you’re looking for something tame (or lame) this weekend, DOLPHIN TALE is actually getting remarkably positive reviews this early; being hailed as one of the best family films released so far this year.  The film is inspired by the true story of a dolphin that lost its tale, yet with the help of some token characters in the film, learns to swim with a fake tail.  Dolphin Tale is directed by Charles Martin Smith and has an all-star cast including: Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman.  DOLPHIN TALE will also be screened in 3D if only for the water to splash you when he jumps into the air.

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