With his animated TV series like "The Family Guy" and "American Dad", writer-director Seth MacFarlane leaves no pop-culture reference unturned as he aims for the broadest possible laughs. But with Ted, his feature-film debut, McFarlane offers a more narrowly honed concept with a live-action story of a man and his talking teddy bear.
Mark Wahlberg stars, with MacFarlane himself as the voice of the smoking-drinking-swearing stuffed bear. Through the same motion-capture technology used on movies like Avatar and The Lord of the Rings, MacFarlane also acted as the bear.
The two lifelong buddies face a new challenge when the guy's longtime girlfriend (Mila Kunis) has had enough and pushes her man to make a choice – her or the bear.
Ted opened in sneak previews last week and moves to a wider release this week. Critical reception is generally positive. Rated 18+.
Hope Springs – After 30 years, a devoted wife (Meryl Streep) wants to spice things up and revitalize her relationship with her husband (Tommy Lee Jones), a steadfast man who's accustomed to his routine and resistant to change. So it's going to take a lot of convincing to get him on a plane to travel to a small town where a famous marriage counselor is said to work wonders. Steve Carell also stars. Critical reception is mostly positive. Rated 15+.
The Possession – Sam Raimi "presents" this horror tale, "based on a true story", in which a girl purchases an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside lives a malicious ancient spirit known as a dybbuk. The girl’s single dad (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) teams with his ex-wife (Kyra Sedgwick) to find a way to end the curse upon their child. Critical response is too early to tell. Rated 15+.
Hmoob: Blood for Freedom (ม้ง ... สงครามวีรบุรุษ, Hmong Songkram Weeraburut) – This historical war drama takes place during the conflict between communists and the Thai government that lasted from 1968 to 1982. In Phetchabun’s Khao Khor Mountains, the native Hmong people were caught between the sides. The story focuses on one young man who has to choose between duty to his country and his own blood. It's directed by U.S. based Hmong filmmaker Jimmy Vanglee and Seri Pongniti, Sorapong Chatree, Akkarat Nimitchai, Atthama Cheewanitchaphan and Pheeraphan Arayaphan star. It premiered in May at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Rated 15+.
Virgin Am I รักแรกกระแทกจิ้น – Sex-crazed youngsters try various ways to lose their virginity. Anuchit Mualprom, who had a hand in last year's teen-pregancy comedy-drama Love, Not Yet, directs. Rated 15+.
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi – Veteran Bollywood choreographer and director Farah Khan steps from behind the scenes to star in this comedy with Boman Irani. It's about a bra-and-panty salesman who meets his match in a bubbly plus-sized secretary. It's at Major Cineplex. Rated 15+.
Also, Nawapol Thamrattarongrit's 36 is back at House and the Bollywood hit Ek Tha Tiger is continuing its screenings this weekend at SFC Terminal 21.