Weekend Movie Release Roundup: Theatrical & DVD 1/28

Javier Bardem, suit, dark suit, white shirt

Looking for a little entertainment this weekend? Here's a roundup of the newest flicks in theaters and on DVD.

Theatrical Releases 1/28/11:

1. The Mechanic (R)

Starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland

"Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims."

2. The Rite (R)

Starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin O'Donoghue

"A skeptical American priest travels to Italy to study at an exorcism school."

*If you haven't seen the trailer, you can check it out here.  Anthony Hopkins is still the king of creepy. 

3. Biutiful (R) Limited Release

Starring Javier Bardem

"This is the story of Uxbal. Devoted father. Tormented lover. Mystified son. Underground businessman. Friend of the disposed. Ghost seeker. Spiritual sensitive. A survivor at the invisible margins in today's Barcelona … Uxbal's story is simple: just one of the complex realities that we all live in today."

* New father Javier is nominated for an Oscar for his performance in this movie.

4. From Prada to Nada (PG-13) Limited Release

Starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, and Wilmer Valderrama

"A Latina spin on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles."


New on DVD and BLU-RAY this week (1/25/11):

1. Red (R)

Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Mary-Louise Parker

"When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive."

2. Secretariat (PG)

Starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, and Dylan Walsh

"Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown."

3. Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (R)

Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, and Betsy Russell

"As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror."

4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (R)

Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, and Lena Endre

"Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court."

Did you read the Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy? It's one of the few times that I haven't read a book series before watching the movies.  These films are the original Swedish versions, not the new "Americanized" versions that are being filmed right now.