Film and TV

New Year's Eve, Shame and More: What's New at the Movies This Week

New Year's Eve (Wide Release)

The latest ex-star-vaganza centered around a holiday a la Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve features more big names than a Jerry Lewis telethon. Directed by Gary Marshall (the aforementioned Valentine's Day, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride), the film weaves together various stories of couples on NYE in NYC. It's like if Sex and the City was a Gremlin that just had VOSS water poured all over it. I'd hate to see what happens if you fed it after the ball drops at midnight. Side Note: Coincidentally, New Year's Eve co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker ...

Anticipation Meter: 1 out of 5 2012-shaped sunglasses

Shame (Only at the Angelika Film Center - Mockingbird Station)

The latest surefire Oscar contender to his the art house cinema, Shame stars Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre) as a man living in New York City grappling with crippling sex addiction. Check out my recent Q&A with Fassbender and the film's director, Steve McQueen, to hear more about the haunting portrayal of modern addiction. Anticipation Meter: 5 out of 5 NC-17 ratings

The Sitter (Wide Release)

Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green gives us his latest, the Adventures in Babysitting-esque The Sitter, starring a pre-weight-loss Jonah Hill as the worst baby sitter of all time. But can he steal the heavyweight championship belt from Hulk Hogan's award worthy performance in 1993's Mr. Nanny? Guess we'll find out this weekend. Anticipation Meter: 2 out of 5 minivans

The Interrupters (Only at the Angelika Film Center - Mockingbird Station)

Award-winning documnetary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) is back on home turf with The Interrupters, centering around three "Violence Interrupters" or inner-city citizens who attempt to protect their Chicago-area community from the violence they once helped to inflict.

Anticipation Meter: 4 out of 5 Chicago-style dogs

The Room (Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10 at midnight at the Inwood Theatre)

If you have seen The Room, then I need not tell you of its buffoonery brilliance. If you have not enlightened yourself to the masterpiece from writer/director/actor/producer/sex symbol Tommy Wiseau, then get your ass to the Inwood on Friday and/or Saturday for literally the best worst movie ever made and be sure to tell everyone "Oh, hai!" for me. Tuxedo optional. Football tossing mandatory.

Anticipation Meter: 5 out of 5 plastic spoons