Zombieland (2009)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone

Running Time: 1 hr, 28 min
Rated: R

Review by Brother Reed

Every horror aficionado has a zombie survival plan.

There’s something about the zombie sub-genre of horror flicks that has inspired fierce devotion from the geek community. If you don’t believe me, try calling 28 Days Later a zombie film and see how quickly you are corrected on your technical error. Being something of a geek myself I find it kind of endearing. I just don’t know why it had to be zombies. Maybe it’s the desire to control an imagined scenario, or a kind of superiority stemming from one’s imagined tactical ability. Maybe it’s just a fun mental exercise. Whatever the reason, a lot of people have a detailed and specific plan as to what they would do in the event that corpses begin rising from their graves and ambling hungrily through the streets like Lindsay Lohan after a night of heavy drinking. READ FULL REVIEW

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz

Running Time: 2 hrs, 33 min
Rated: R

Review by Brother Reed

Can a movie change the world? Quentin Tarantino says “yes” with Inglourious Basterds, a triumphant piece of pure, grade-A cinema. This latest achievement is pumped full of thrills, uneasy chuckles and agonizing suspense. Literate, brazen and unconventional, it’s the film Tarantino has been working on for the better part of a decade and the wait has paid off. Like all his movies, Basterds is – at least in part – about film itself, as the writer/director is notorious for homages to his favorite genres. To say too much would be to ruin the story for those who haven’t heard, but suffice to say that one movie quite literally alters the course of history. READ FULL REVIEW

Up (2009)
Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Starring: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai
Running Time: 1 hr, 36 min
Rated: PG

Review by Brother Reed

You don’t need a review to help you decide whether or not you are going to see the new 3D animated movie, Up. You already know you are going to see it. The reason? You noticed it is the latest offering from Pixar studios; and because you’ve been paying attention for the last decade or so, you know that Pixar has been responsible for consistent, high-quality films such as Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Wall-E. With each new movie, the animation gets better as technological advances enable the team of creative wizards to render light and texture with stunning realism. Yet with all these steps forward, they continue to focus on stories full of heart, humor, and relatable characters – which is exactly what you can expect with Up. FULL REVIEW

Star Trek (2009)
Director: J. J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana
Running Time: 2 hrs. 7 min
Rated: PG-13

Review by Brother Reed

When I heard they were remaking Star Trek, or rebooting it, or whatever it was, I was none too pleased. The commercials came on advertising young upstarts who looked awkwardly unlike their 60’s series counterparts, lots of laser blasts and explosions, some sensual images to increase appeal, and Simon Pegg. Not that I have any real attachment to the original television show. My father likes it, but I always sort of respected it and not much more. I have never read a Star Trek book, and probably couldn’t tell you the names of the crew. If anything, I was more of a Next Generation guy, ‘cause they had Jean Luc and the guy from Reading Rainbow. FULL REVIEW