January 2006 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas

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From Why We Fight

This month’s movie preview is coming a tad late because, well, we’re retarded and forgot to post it. So sorry, Dave. We’ve kept your public waiting. We’re still in a post-holiday haze, even though it’s almost February. Without further ado, here’s the truncated January Movie Preview.

LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD

WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Albert Brooks is hired by the government to be the title.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is not so great. Apparently, he doesn’t find it.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
The return of Steven Soderbergh next week will overshadow this. This week, bad
buzz might move people to the more serious "Why We Fight." $1mil.

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UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION

WHAT’S THE PITCH?
More fun with that guy who looks like the lead singer of Creed and Kate Beckinsale
as a werewolf/vampire hybrid and straight-up vampire, respectively.

WILL IT SUCK?
They have pretty much the same crew in front of and behind the camera again
so expect the same level of quality as the original. Which is to say, yes, it
will suck, but not terribly so.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
I think this will pull a "Saw II" and outdo the original thanks to
DVD sales expanding the audience for the franchise. $87mil.

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WHY WE FIGHT

WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Remember when Eisenhower warned us against the military/industrial complex?
This doc looks out how that all worked out for us.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is quite good, claiming this is even better than the documentarian’s
previous effort, "The Trials of Henry Kissinger."

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Higher profile indies the following week, and it’s unclear whether or not audiences
are ready for a head-on discussion of war, though "Syriana" returns
indicate they’re at least ready to hear about oil. $2mil.

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January 27
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ANNAPOLIS

WHAT’S THE PITCH?
"An Officer and a Gentleman." Really, there’s no twist. That’s basically
what it is.

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