Before we get to movies, an obituary: Robert Hegyes, who played character Juan Epstein on the 1970’s TV series Welcome Back Kotter (along with a young John Travolta) has passed away. He also starred in Cagney & Lacey, and had roles on The Love Boat, NewsRadio, CHiPS and the film Bob Roberts, among others. Hegyes lived in New Jersey and reportedly succumbed to a heart attack at age 60.
Now let’s take a look at movies. What’ll it be this weekend, a romantic comedy caper or something dark and scary? An Oscar-nominated flick about turn-of-the-century cross-dressing, or a thriller starring one of Avatar’s Cool Blue Cat-Dudes?
Right out of the gate we have One For The Money. And even before we get to plot, I have to sat there’s something intriguing about a film that stars Katherne Heigl, Jason O’Mara and Daniel Sunjata AND Debbie Reynolds, Sherri Shepherd and John Leguizamo. I’d see it just for the casting alone. Plotwise, it has to do with a down-on-her luck divorcee who takes a bailbonds job tracking a fugitive she may or may not already know. Sure it sounds familiar, but this probably won’t make it any less fun.
Then we have The Grey. Which I knew nothing about until several of its stars — Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney appeared onstage at the PCA’s this year, looking very dapper in (grey) suits. Which is when I took notice and ever since I’ve been keeping an eye out for this film. Which may actually be quite scary – it’s about a group of guys who get stranded on an oil-drilling expedition in the Alaskan wilds, who fall prey to a pack of hungry wolves. My suspicion is that this film will also fall prey to a pack of hungry moviegoers, and do nicely.
Then there’s Man on A Ledge, starring Sam Worthington and it’s clearly not for anyone with vertigo. If you don’t mind the heights (and what looks like a pretty suspenseful plot) it might be worth a look. It also stars Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell, both of whom are getting some major star vehicles these days. Apparently the story’s about an ex-con who’s helbent to leap from a NYC building while a diamond heist is in progress. Looks like a major adrenaline rush, if you ask me.
Finally we have Albert Nobbs – starring Glenn Close. Now I don’t think Ms. Close does much wrong, so I’ll absolutely go see this; to be honest though, if I hadn’t known it was something that Close has been trying to get made for years and years, if I hadn’t known of her tireless devotion to the project, and if I hadn’t known about her Oscar nod, I might not have been interested. Janet McTeer, her costar, got an Oscar tap too. The movie takes place in 19th century Ireland and it’s about a woman who masquerades as a man in order to find work in the city where there weren’t too many options for ladies. Mia Wasikowska, who was so great in Alice and The Kids Are Alright also stars.
So that’s what’s out there in terms of new releases this weekend. What looks good of the newbies? Or, now that the Oscar nominations are out will you head off to see one of the nominees? Regardless, have a great weekend.
1) One For The Money
2) Man on A Ledge
3) The Grey
4) Albert Nobbs