Theater or Renter: October 2009

Theater or Renter: October 2009 includes five SF movies Zombieland, The Invention of Lying, Where the Wild Things Are, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Astro Boy. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care?

Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?


Release Date: 2 October 2009

Listed as: Action, Comedy, Horror

Studio:  Columbia Pictures

Director:  Ruben Fleischer

Produced by:  Gavin Polone

Written by:  Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese

Stars:  Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

The Plot / Story: A post-apocalyptic zombie comedy featuring a group of survivors crossing the zombie plague ravaged America as they fight back.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Invention of Lying:

Release Date: 2 October 2009

Listed as: Comedy, Fantasy

Studio:  Warner Bros., Universal Pictures

Director:  Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

Produced by:  Ricky Gervais, Dan Lin, Lynda Obst, Oly Obst

Written by:  Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

Stars:  Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey

The Plot / Story: Set in an alternate reality we ask what if everyone can only tell the truth except for a lone writer who tells the world's first lie and learns to wield it's power for personal gain. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Where the Wild Things Are:

Release Date: 16 October 2009

Listed as: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Studio:  Warner Bros.

Director:  Spike Jonze

Produced by:  Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John B. Carls, Vincent Landay

Written by:  Screenplay:  Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers  Picture book: Maurice Sendak

Stars:  Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker

The Plot / Story: Based on the Children's picture book by Maurice Sendak.  Follow the imaginary adventures of a young boy named Max.  A rambunctious and sensitive boy, Max feels misunderstood at home.  When his mother sends him to his room for misbehaving he runs away.  Finding a boat he sails to an island inhabited by monsters called Wild things.  There they crown max as their ruler.   (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant:

Release Date: 23 October 2009

Listed as: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Studio:  Universal Pictures

Director:  Paul Weitz

Produced by:  Lauren Shuler Donner

Written by:  Novel:  Darren Shan  Screenplay:  Brian Helgeland

Stars:  Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, John C. Reilly, Michael Ceveris

The Plot / Story: Based on the first three books of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan.  A fantasy-adventure about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Astro Boy:

Release Date: OCTOBER 23rd

Listed as: Action, Animation, Sci-Fi

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Director: David Bowers

Produced by: Maryann Garger

Written by: Timothy Harris

Stars: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Eugene Levy, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, Madeline Carroll, Matt Lucas

The Plot / Story: Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he lost.  The new boy unable to meet the man's  expectations, he embarks on a journey in search of acceptance.  Becoming part of a group of rowdy kids led by a girl named Cora, and experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators led by the greedy ring master, Ham Egg, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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In a world where everyone can only tell the truth... ...this guy can lie.