The Weekender: Train uh-rived… sixteen coaches long


Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson
Written by Mark Bomback
Directed by Tony Scott
I’ve seriously grown to hate Tony Scott’s frenetic directing style with his quick edits and pounding score. I’m expecting another Pelham 123-size load of garbage, with Washington doing his very best to save it from total disaster. Here, he’s a heroic train conductor trying to stop a runaway train filled with toxic chemicals.

Starring Donald Faison, Eric Balfour, Brittany Daniel
Written by Joshua Cordese & Liam O’Donnell
Directed by the Brothers Strause
You’ve seen Independence Day and Cloverfield, right? Then you probably don’t need to see this low-budget knock-off.

Morning Glory
Starring Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford
Written by Aline Brosh McKenna
Directed by Roger Michell
Bless Rachel McAdams. She’s obscenely adorable and a pretty good actress. So how come all of the Canadian cutie’s choices have been so-so following her breakout in Mean Girls? Here’s, she’s a drop-dead gorgeous workaholic (those are the only kinds of women in McKenna’s screenplays) who has trouble finding a man to put up with her fussiness. Keaton and Ford will add a touch of class to the proceedings, but after the torturous 27 Dresses, McKenna shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a movie.

127 Hours
Starring James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Meara
Written for the screen by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
Directed by Danny Boyle
The Oscar race now picks up some steam. Franco, who came thisclose to getting a supporting actor nod for Pineapple Express and/or Milk, takes the lead. He’s in nearly every single frame of Danny Boyle’s latest, playing adventurer Aron Ralston, who became trapped for more than five days in the Utah desert after getting pinned under a boulder. Boyle promises a riveting, life-affirming take. Can’t wait.

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