With Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 clogging up most of the screens, it’s hard to believe there’s room for anything else, but here’s what’s new this week in wide release:
- Knocked Up: From Judd Apatow (40-Year-Old Virgin, Freaks and Geeks [TV]). A slacker (Seth Rogan) hooks up with a hottie (Katherine Heigl) one drunken evening and she gets pregnant. Wacky Odd Couple hijinks ensue. This one might actually be pretty funny. At least it’s a rare R-rated comedy so there’s some reason to be hopeful.
- Mr. Brooks: Kevin Costner is Mr. Brooks, businessman, philanthropist, father…serial killer. It sounds like a potentially promising career rebound for Costner until you realize Demi Moore is the detective pursuing him and Dane Cook is crowbarred in as a photographer who gets caught in the middle. Suddenly what looks promising starts to look like a mess.
- Gracie: Apparently in the 1970s, Elisabeth Shue was blazing the trail for young female soccer players in New Jersey. Me? I was blowing up battleship models with firecrackers and setting plastic army men on fire. It’s now 2007 and Elisabeth Shue is in a movie about a girl blazing the trail for female soccer players in New Jersey in the 1970s. Her brother Andrew (the one from Melrose Place who always looked like he was saying “Duh?”) is in it and it’s directed by her husband Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). My question is: where’s the movie about me blowing shit up and setting it on fire?
In limited release:
- Pierrepoint: The true story of England’s last executioner. Respected and admired for his speed and humanity finishing off the Nuremberg criminals, his popularity takes a turn for the worse when capital punishment begins to lose favor in England.
- Day Watch: Sequel to the Russian supernatural-fantasy-action film Night Watch. What, no Afternoon Watch?
- Crazy Love: Man meets girl. Man stalks girl. Girl is blinded when man hires 3 men who throw lye in her face. Man does 14 years in prison. When man is released, man marries girl. A documentary. Crazy.
Opened last week in NY, this week in LA:
- The Golden Door: Italian film about a Sicilian family struggling to get a foothold in New York in 1913.
- Paprika: Latest from animator Satoshi Kon (Tokyo Godfather, Millennium Actress) about a psychiatrist who develops a machine that allows her to enter her patient’s dreams.