FOX is rolling out its big summer sequel a couple of days early so I’m rolling out the Weekend Forecast a couple of days early too. The difference is that the Weekend Forecast doesn’t have Kevin Smith in it and won’t make tens of millions of dollars.
In wide release this week:
- Ratatouille. The latest from Pixar about a rat with dreams of being a chef in a fancy restaurant in Paris. For me, this is the summer movie I’m most looking forward to. Pixar doesn’t just make good cartoons, they make good movies. The fact that they’re gorgeously animated is a bonus. Yes, they’re family friendly, but they’re not just kid stuff. Plus it’s not another freakin’ sequel. Plus I like food. Plus I have a romanticized ideal of Paris. Can’t wait. Trailer
- Live Free or Die Hard (Opens Wed. 6/27). Strike 1: it’s PG-13. Strike 2: it has the iTard from the Mac commercials who needs to be punched in the neck. Strike 3: it’s another sequel. Sorry, the original Die Hard was one of the cornerstones of my young movie-going life, but three strikes and you’re out. Trailer
- Sicko (Opened in NY 6/22). Michael Moore takes on the health care industry. I always worry with Moore that the man gets in the way of the message and the message is rejected because people don’t like the man. The health care mess deserves more than that. I hope Sicko delivers. Trailer
- Evening. Spectacular cast of women: Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Claire Danes. The director of the well-regarded Fateless (2006). And yet, something tells me this one is going to suck. Maybe it’s the trailer. Maybe it’s the 20% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes (as of 6/26). I don’t know. I could be wrong. Trailer
In limited release:
- Strike. (Opened in NY 6/15). The latest film from international cinema titan Volker Schlöndorff based on the true story of an ordinary working woman whose efforts to improve working conditions for welders helped inspire Poland’s Solidarity movement. I’m guessing this won’t be some kind of bogus North Country Lifetime movie of the week thing. Trailer
- Death at a Funeral. Black comedy from Frank Oz about an eccentric English family. I don’t know. Part of me is drawn to this sort of English comedy and the other part of me is almost always disappointed. This one has Peter Dinklage. If I see it and I hate it, I have no one to blame but myself. Trailer
- Ghosts of Cité Soleil. Documentary about the gangs that dominate the Haitian slum, one of the poorest cities in one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, declared the most dangerous city on earth by the United Nations. Music by Wyclef Jean.