Opening Today: ‘Megamind,’ ‘Due Date,’ ‘For Colored Girls’

by | November 5, 2010 at 6:59 PM | The Movies

Finally, it’s Friday, which means maybe we can stop drowning in commercials for Megamind and Due Date, since it feels like we’ve been smothered by them. They’re both being released today, alongside Tyler Perry’s most ambitious project to date, the poetic drama adaptation For Colored Girls, with an all-star cast delving into some deeply disturbing issues facing women.

In limited release, we have Danny Boyle’s follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire called 127 Hours, as well as the Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame story hitting the screen with Fair Game and the documentary Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. There’s also a bold black comedy about terrorists called Four Lions to check out as well.

Take a closer look at these films below.

Due Date
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Robert Downey Jr. is an architect with anger issues who is trying to make it across country in time to see the birth of his first child, and through absurd happenstance he’s forced to do this by going on a road trip with a strange aspiring actor (Zach Galifianakis) with a penchant for medical marijuana and being wrong about everything.

For Colored Girls
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Tyler Perry’s ambitious adaptation of the seminal 1975 Ntozake Shange poem/play ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf’ brings together an all star cast of women – including Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg and Macy Gray – to tell the story of the deep trials and terrible tribulations what black women face every day.

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Will Ferrell voices a supervillain obsessed with the defeat of his archnemesis Metro Man (Brad Pitt) and the harassment of his damsel in distress (Tina Fey), but when he finally emerges victorious, he realizes he has no sense of purpose without a superhero to fight – and things backfire when his new archnemesis (Jonah Hill) decides to be a supervillain himself.


127 Hours
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Danny Boyle returns with a harrowing tale of survival, relating the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), who was trapped in an isolated canyon in Utah for five days with his arm wedged underneath a boulder.

Fair Game
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Sean Penn and Naomi Watts star as Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, whose lives were shattered when Karl Rove and the Bush administration outed her as a covert CIA operative as a political maneuver to defame him for calling out the president for lying in his State of the Union speech about the justification for the war in Iraq.

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
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Alex Gibney turns his documentarian eye towards the disgraced former governor of New York Eliot Spitzer, whose crusade against the Wall Street bankers long before the economic collapse was derailed by his own prostitution scandal. Check out our chat with Gibney about the project right here.

Four Lions
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A black comedy about a Muslim living in the UK who unwittingly forms the world’s most bumbling, incompetent terrorist cell who can’t seem to come up with any ways to bomb anything that aren’t completely ridiculous.