New Releases for the Week of October 9, 2009


Welcome to Problem Island!

Welcome to Problem Island!

COUPLES RETREAT

(Universal) Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Malin Akerman, Jean Reno, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell. Directed by Peter Billingsley

Four Midwestern couples descend on a couples-only retreat on an Eden-like South Pacific island. One of the couples is there to work on severe marital problems, the others to jet-ski, take spa treatments and have fun in the sun. When they get there, they discover that all of the couples must take part in the relationship building exercises or else enjoy none of the fun stuff. Suddenly, their group rate comes at a price as all of these couples discover the kind of issues that most real life relationships have to face. Given the presence of an impressive cast as well as one of the funniest trailers of the year, this may well be an autumn must-see.

See the trailer here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: PG-13 (sexual content and language)

From Mexico With Love

(Roadside Attractions) Steven Bauer, Kuno Becker, Bruce McGill, Steve Billich. A migrant field worker illegally in this country dreams of a better life. Like his father before him, Hector has skills as a boxer and yearns to become a prize fighter but that dream seems impossibly far away. Sweltering in the hot Texas sun by day, Hector dons the boxing gloves by night in makeshift rings in barns and bars, where his skills can earn him more in a few rounds than he makes in several days as a field worker.

See the trailer here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: PG-13 (for sports violence, language, brief sensuality and drug references)

Seraphine

(Music Box) Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Genevieve Mnich. This is the true story of painter Seraphine Louis, better known by her nomme d’art Seraphine de Senlis. In a suburb of Paris in 1912, the self-taught painter’s visionary work catches the eye of her employer, German art dealer Wilhelm Uhde for whom she works as a domestic. He champions her work, leading to high-profile exhibitions in Paris and around the world. This movie won the Cesar (the French equivalent of the Oscar) for Best Picture and the statuette for Best Actress for Moreau in the title role.

See the trailer here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: Unrated