Hot Tickets! This Weekend’s US Movie Releases: Hyde Park On Hudson, Playing For Keeps, Lay The Favorite, Bad Kids Go To Hell

Kind of a disappointing showing this week folks, best hold on for those Christmas heartwarmers, or, if you’re one of the 56 people left on the globe that haven’t seen Skyfall, that’s probably still showing…

Hyde Park On Hudson has been touted by many as Bill Murray’s next stab at Oscar success. However, the movie itself has hardly received glowing reviews. Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and also starring Laura Linney and Olivia Williams, Hyde Park on Hudson tells the story of Franklin D Roosevelt and his love affair with his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley. The ‘action’ takes place over a weekend in 1939, when the King & Queen of England visited upstate New York.

Murray’s performance has been hailed as a masterpiece and there have been mutterings of Oscar contention, but it seems that Murray is a jewel in a pretty shabby crown, here. He may carry the film, but it’s clear that it’s a deadweight. Bill will have to keep his fingers crossed that the Academy award voters can stay awake through the historical drama long enough to appreciate his performance.

Watch the trailer for Hyde Park on Hudson

Gerard Butler’s latest cinematic foray, Playing For Keeps also hits the screens this weekend. Butler plays a former soccer star, who finds himself coaching his son’s soccer team, only to find himself in the centre of a whole bunch of chaos, much of which seems to centre on the mothers of the boys that he’s coaching and his ex-partner (and mother of his child), played by Jessica Biel.

If you’re looking for some kind of signifier as to how successful this film is likely to be, may we point you no further than the Rotten Tomatoes review site, where it has been ceremoniously awarded a score of 0%. That’s ZERO PER CENT folks. No redeeming features.

Watch the trailer for Playing For Keeps:

 Lay The Favorite stars Rebecca Hall, alongside Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta Jones and Vince Vaughn. Now, if you remove Rebecca Hall from that list (there’s a good reason that she’s one of Woody Allen’s actresses of choice), you’ve basically set yourself up for a pretty shonky movie right there. Especially if it’s a romantic comedy – that most dreaded of genres. And pretty shonky is exactly what we’ve got here.

Rebecca Hall plays a cocktail waitress, who falls in love with Bruce Willis, a sports gambler, who (stop yawning at the back there!) realises she’s something of a gambling whizz, much to the chagrin of Willis’ wife (Zeta Jones). Scoring only marginally better in the critics’ stakes than Playing For Keeps (18%, hardly something to write home about), rumour has it that Hollywood insiders have sent out a search party to look for director Stephen Frears’ (High Fidelity, The Queen) career.

Watch the trailer for Lay The Favorite

And, just in case you thought you’d seen all the terrible film trailers, for all the terrible films that you could handle, allow us to announce the release of Bad Kids Go To Hell, a movie that has made such an astonishing impression on the nation’s most influential film critics that, so far at least, none of them seem to have been bothered enough to review it. Judging by the trailer, we have a movie that seems to be pitching itself somewhere between The Breakfast Club and The Craft. For the first few moments, there is a glimmer of hope. The kind of hope that screams “ooh, this might be so bad it’s good!” before you realise: No. It’s clearly just really, really bad. Oh and it features Judd Nelson in the cast. Fans of cultural self-referencing may be pleased to learn that he was in The Breakfast Club. Sigh… 

Watch the trailer for Bad Kids Go To Hell

 

 


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