Spider-Man 3 fades from memory just in time for the one new wide release:
- Shrek the Third: Grab your Happy Meals and leave your thinking caps at home kids, it’s time for another go-round with everyone’s favorite ogre. Without adjusting for inflation, Shrek 2 is the third highest grossing movie ever in the United States so I’m probably the only one who isn’t looking forward to this one at all. In fact maybe I’ll schedule a rectal exam or a root canal for opening day, both of which are more appealing. [Originally I listed Shrek the Third at 81 minutes and now I’ve pulled my head out of my ass and I realize it’s 92]
In limited release:
- Away From Her and The Waitress are both expanding into more theaters this week. I can’t speak for the latter, but the former is worth checking out.
- Severance: Horror/comedy surrounding the Eastern European corporate weekend for top employees of an international weapons manufacturer. Apparently I’m not the only one for whom the idea of team-building inspires thoughts of bloody murder because people start getting knocked off. I don’t know. Sounds funny to me.
- Once (May 16): This Irish musical romance made quite a stir at Sundance where it recently won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award. It’s only opening in 2 theatres this weekend but buzz is strong so keep an eye out for it.
- Fay Grim: Parker Posey in Hal Hartley’s sequel to Henry Fool.
- The Wendell Baker Story: A movie from the Wilson Brothers (Andrew and Luke directed, Owen and Luke wrote and star) that seems to have been kicking around since 2005 which is never a good sign. Luke plays the title character, a con man looking for redemption working at a retirement community run by unscrupulous head nurse Owen Wilson. Also with Will Ferrell, Seymour Cassel, Harry Dean Stanton and Kris Kristofferson.
- Paris, Je T’Aime: 18 short films from 21 directors, each one titled after a neighborhood in Paris. Directors include Gus Van Sant, Joel & Ethan Coen, Christopher Doyle, Sylvain Chomet, Alfonso Cuaron, Wes Craven and Tom Tykwer among others. Usually these omnibus films are pretty hit and miss, but come on…the Coen Brothers for crapssakes!
- The Last Time: Ever wonder what happened to Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser? Well, apparently they were making this movie. It’s a comedy/drama in which Keaton plays a salesman who falls in love with the fiancee of his new business partner (Fraser).
- Hollywood Dreams: The new one from Henry Jaglom about an aspiring actress from the midwest who moves to Los Angeles and falls for a rising star.