Weekend Preview: Testosterone Rules Box Office with Moneyball, Killer Elite, Machine Gun Preacher

by Sophia Savage
September 22, 2011 8:22 AM
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There's a lot of testosterone at the box office this weekend. The subtle kind: Brad Pitt's heartfelt sports drama Moneyball. The less subtle kind: Killer Elite and The Badass Gerard Butler Show (aka Machine Gun Preacher). The subversive kind: Andrew Haigh's exceptionally reviewed gay romance Weekend. Add to that list Chris Evans' I-Can-Be-Edgy-Like-Ryan-Gosling-Too Puncture, in which he plays a drug addict lawyer amidst a true-story pharmaceutical conspiracy, and Cameron Crowe's love letter to rock stars, Pearl Jam Twenty. Details, reviews and trailers on these films and more below:

Moneyball, Colombia, US | Dir: Bennett Miller; Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman | B+ criticWIRE | 90% Tomatometer | "Funny, Deep and Illuminating." | TIFF Review Round-up | A Toronto Winner.

Weekend, Sundance Selects, UK | Dir: Andrew Haigh; Cast: Tom Cullen, Chris New | B+ criticWIRE | 100% Tomatometer | Salon: "One of the bravest, most honest and most accomplished stories of gay love and sex ever rendered on film." | TOH! Interviews Haigh.

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Machine Gun Preacher, Relativity, US | Dir: Marc Forster; Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Madeline Carroll, Kathy Baker | C criticWIRE | 33% Tomatometer | EW: "It's like Machete remade as an awards-bait snoozer." | It's Rambo.

Killer Elite, Open Road, US | Dir: Gary McKendry; Cast: Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic Purcell | C+ criticWIRE | 33% Tomatometer | "A generic Jason Statham movie with two high-profile guest stars." | Open Road Films' First Feature.

Puncture, Millenium, US | Dir: Adam Kassen, Mark Kassen; Cast: Chris Evans, Brett Cullen, Michael Biehn, Vinessa Shaw, Kate Burton | iW | 55% Tomatometer | THR: "This is a well-made movie, make no mistake. It just suffers from a dysfunctional hero."

Pearl Jam Twenty, Abramorama, US | Dir: Cameron Crowe; Cast: Kurt Cobain, Eddie Veder, Neil Young, Layne Staley, Chris Cornell | C+ criticWIRE | 64% Tomatometer | AP: "Any enterprise like this is inherently self-congratulatory, but the film is best considered from Crowe's perspective: that of a fan." | TOH! Interviews Crowe.

Shit Year, Cinemad, US | Dir: Cam Archer; Cast: Ellen Barkin, Melora Walters, Luke Grimes | C+ criticWIRE | Time Out: "A teeth-gnashing example of film-school pretentiousness." | TOH! Wasn't Impressed at Cannes 2010.

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