Movie Trailers: Opening This Weekend.

OK, here we go: The studios are starting to roll out their big guns and this weekend shows two films being released that have been getting a lot of hype: one is Angelina Jolie, riding the ragged edge of attractive in a bullet-curving, action packed shoot-em-up, and one film is for the kids and family and is destined to become one of the largest opening films this year.

Here are the synopsis and trailers for each film. As always, clicking on the films poster will take you to the official website.

Wall-E (G)
After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL·E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL·E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet’s future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL·E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen.

Judge's Decision: Yeah, this one is going to be big. Pixar has worked very hard to maintain their tradition of not producing a bad movie and every film they crank out shows off their computer animation prowess even further. This one will win the weekend hands down and will become Pixar's ninth consecutive smash hit. Word of mouth is huge on this one and the hype machine is sure to net quite a few opening weekend viewers. This film works on a couple of levels, not the least of which is the fact that there isn't much dialog and the story can be viewed by both kids and parents without difficulty. It may not break any box office records, but projections are that Wall-E should bring in close to the mid $60 million for this weekend.

Wanted (R)
25-year-old account manager Wes (James McAvoy) was the most pathetic, cube-dwelling hypochondriac the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend cheated on him daily and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this weakling would never amount to anything. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die a slow, clock-punching death. Until he became Wanted.

After the murder of a father he never knew, Wes discovers powers beyond his dreams. He becomes the latest recruit in the Fraternity–a secret society of assassins–and develops lightning-quick reflexes with superhuman agility. Wes soon learns his league of henchmen has but one mission: carry out the death orders of the mythological Fates, weavers of every man's lifeline.

With wickedly brilliant tutors, he morphs into a killing machine and starts erasing one bad guy after another. But as Wes grows into the mantle passed down by his father… he discovers his clan members are not exactly the enforcers of justice they claim to be. Just as he gets everything he ever Wanted, Wesley Gibson will learn that with the ability to deliver death comes an even more difficult power… controlling your own life.

Judge's Decision - as I've said before, Angelina Jolie is on the fringe of her cute clock running out, so this may be her swan song (once you've been animated as a naked, gold-colored folkloric serpent/monster, what else is there?). However, the studios know that she is still very much on the A-list for action films and her on-screen presence still puts asses in the seats (or maybe its just her ass that does it, I don't know). McAvoy, on the other hand, doesn't have much in the way of audience draw and hiding his natural Irish accent with a nerdy, golly-gosh American accent is just one of those things that I find annoying about typical Hollywood movies. Still, visually, this flick looks impressive. Based on the series of R-rated comics, it packs a lot of big action and larger-than-life stunts into 110 minutes. And most of this action is being presented in a way that the audience hasn't really seen a lot of, so it will stand out in the crowd quite a bit. My guess is that Wanted will bring in about $35 million and win the weekend in second place behind the cute little animated Pixar robot.

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