Employee of the Month
Starring: Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson and Dax Shepard
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
Summary: As one reviewer wittily described it, “Employee of the Month” is a Costco-medy in which two Super Club workers, played by Cook and Shepard, vie for the affections of Simpson’s character Amy, who supposedly dates only those who earn the Employee of the Month title. Reviews so far have been pretty abysmal, so unless you have just been absolutely dying to see this movie, wait ’til it comes out on video, or just skip it altogether and watch one of Cook’s comedy specials.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
Starring: Jordana Brewster and Taylor Handley
Running Time: 1 hr. 24 min.
Summary: As with just about every horror film ever made, this one features a group of very unlucky teens who are subject to the wrath of one seriously messed up psycho killer. In this case, that psycho is killer Thomas Hewitt, who would eventually became known as Leatherface, the infamous murderer who did away with his victims not with machetes or long, sinister claws, but the old fashioned way-with a chainsaw! As with “Employee of the Month” the reviews on this one have been, well, awful. But ’tis the season of Halloween, so for those of you who like your horror films filled with steely-eyed psychos and not seriously pale, creepy dead kids, then this film just might be the one for you.
School for Scoundrels
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder and Ben Stiller
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Summary: The latest from Frat Pack-director Todd Philips (“Old School,” “Starsky & Hutch”) features Heder as a guy dangerously low on self-esteem who decides to attend a secret class taught by Thornton’s highly unorthodox Dr. P. The class will, theoretically, give Heder the confidence he needs to ask out a girl named Amanda, with whom he is smitten. But things take a turn for the strange when Dr. P begins to date Amanda, and Heder tries to apply the skills Dr. P has taught him to win her back. In a season usually characterized by “serious” Oscar-contenders and cheap horror films, “School for Scoundrels” is a breezy comedy that should provide you with a breather from the other sub-par movies in theaters and a few good laughs.