Tim Burton’s very first movie, that he made so many years ago when he was young, was an odd, humorous live-action short known as Frankenweenie. It became a moderate hit and that led to him directing many more movies that are either loved or hated across the world. Now he has decided to create a full-length feature film about that short and he has done it using animated puppets, like he has done before. That, plus a movie where Liam Neeson once again seems set on beating the snot out of most of Europe hits theaters this weekend.
Here are the movies opening in theaters October 5, 2012:
Frankenweenie – Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short. A young genius loses his beloved pet, Sparky. Rather than getting a new dog, he decides the only thing to do is find a way to resurrect Sparky. So, taking a page from Dr. Frankenstein, he sets about bringing his pet pooch back from the grave. He succeeds, and then tries his best to keep Sparky hidden from the world. When the precious pup decides to head into the real world, however, Victor’s friends, teachers and rivals all see what he’s done. When another evil child genius decides to replicate the results, he ends up creating true monsters who then wreak havoc on the town. The movie is getting very good reviews and it is a fun family movie, although probably not for very young kids. Rated PG.
Taken 2 – Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace. The sequel to the surprise hit Taken from a few years back. The original did not get overly favorable reviews, but the public responded to the film about a former CIA agent who goes rogue to track down his kidnapped daughter. Along the way, he beat up pretty much all of Albania in the process. Now, the father of one of the men he killed in that first movie wants revenge. Neeson’s character is now in Istanbul and it’s his wife he has to rescue. So, this time around, his daughter gets to help as Neeson, with his “certain skills” that he has acquired while an agent, sets about beating up the rest of the world. Not getting very good reviews, but then, as was mentioned before, that did not stop the first one from becoming a huge hit. Rated PG-13.
The Paperboy – Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack. A very intense and erotic thriller set in 1969. It tells the story of a young man who comes home to Florida to help out his brother, who happens to be a reporter for a local newspaper. His brother thinks he has uncovered the truth about a man convicted of murder and sitting on death row. The movie is dark and intenses, and many of the reviewers are saying this is one of the best roles Nicole Kidman has played in her entire career. She plays a bit against type as a sex kitten and master manipulator. This was a major hit at various film festivals earlier in 2012 and is now being released in select cities, before a potential wider release before the end of the year. Rated R.