In wide release this weekend:
- Ocean’s Thirteen: I’m one of maybe 5 people who admit to enjoying Ocean’s Twelve in polite company so you can probably imagine I’m looking forward to this one. They’re harmless entertainments delivered with an effortless skill that groove along like good jazz. High art? Absolutely not. They’re fun and they go down easy. Did we really need a 3rd one? Well, probably not, but this one adds Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin to the mix.
- Surf’s Up: Is there some kind of tax break for movies about cute penguins or something? I’m bored with penguins. Let’s fetishize some other member of the animal kingdom. I vote for the opossum.
- Hostel Part II: Wow this one has really got people’s undies in a twist, sight unseen. They realize that making a fuss over an Eli Roth film is just money in the guy’s pocket, right? You’d think he was torturing penguins or something. If you like your entertainment torturiffic, this might be the movie you want to see this weekend.
In limited release (In L.A. As always, your results may vary):
- La Vie en Rose: The story of French chanteuse Edith Piaf whose music makes me want to drink wine, eat cheese and make love, though not necessarily in that order. Named for her signature tune. There’s talk you may be hearing about this film again come Oscar time.
- Flanders (opened in NY 5/18): The horrors of love and war in a village in rural France, not the sequel to The Simpson’s movie.
- Memories of Tomorrow (opened in NY 5/18): Another movie about Alzheimer’s. This one has Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Letters From Iwo Jima) as a Japanese advertising executive who is diagnosed with the disease. Certified 100% penguin free.