Moviegoers will get to choose between a convict, a crooked cop, a Confederate general and a bunch of confused thirty-something party guys as "The Life of David Gale," "Dark Blue," "Gods and Generals" and "Old School" arrive in theaters this week.
Former "Saturday Night Live" player Will Ferrell ("Zoolander") joins Luke Wilson ("Legally Blonde") and Vince Vaughn ("Swingers") in "Old School," a midlife-crisis comedy about a group of friends in their 30s who form a fraternity. (Click for photos from "Old School.")
Co-starring Ellen Pompeo ("Catch Me If You Can"), Juliette Lewis ("Natural Born Killers"), Jeremy Piven ("Black Hawk Down") and late-night television personality Craig Kilborn, "Old School" was co-written and directed by Todd Phillips ("Road Trip") and features cameo appearances by Seann William Scott ("American Pie") and Snoop Dogg. Phillips and Snoop are set to reunite soon for the big-screen version of ‘70s cop show "Starsky & Hutch" (see 'Starsky And Hutch' Director Wants Snoop To Play Huggy Bear").
Meanwhile, Kevin Spacey ("American Beauty") and Kate Winslet ("Titanic") head up the cast of "The Life of David Gale," about a death row inmate who may have been framed for his activist work against capital punishment.
In "Dark Blue," Kurt Russell ("Escape From LA") plays a corrupt cop in pre-riots 1992 Los Angeles, alongside Ving Rhames ("Mission: Impossible"). In a "Training Day"-like twist, Russell’s vet cop takes a young rookie out on the town, showing him his less- than-orthodox tactics as Rhames’ deputy chief closes in.
Rounding out this week’s new widely released movies is a film that’s sure to whet the appetites of history teachers and Civil War reenactment buffs. "God and Generals" is a prequel to the 1993 epic drama "Gettysburg" and stars Robert Duvall as Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Also opening, albeit in limited release, is "Till Human Voices Wake Us," a glacially paced Australian drama starring Guy Pearce ("Memento") and Helena Bonham Carter ("Fight Club") about death, lost love, selective memory and letting go. Pearce plays a man who returns to his childhood hometown to bury his father and ends up leaving behind even more.