I’m sure there’s some kind of Royale with Cheese joke here, but whatever.
…And we’re back. I can’t think of a better way to get the ball rolling once again than a little Weekend Forecast.
Here’s what’s new in wide release this weekend:
- Hairspray. Though I haven’t seen it in 15 years, I remember having a fondness for the original John Waters film and I enjoyed the Broadway musical for what it was, but I’m having a hard time mustering up much enthusiasm for this one. For one thing, the whole idea of a movie being turned into a stage musical and then back into a movie feels like the height of Hollywood creative bankruptcy. This isn’t the first time it’s happened and I suppose it could be entertaining if I’m in the right mood, but I just don’t know. As far as musicals go, I’m more enthusiastic about Tim Burton’s upcoming Sweeney Todd and that’s not saying too much. Trailer
- I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. I guess I find it a little disappointing that anyone over 13 still finds queasy humor in the idea of two super straight guys pretending to be gay. I could be optimistic I suppose and assume the trailer is just aiming for the lowest common denominator like trailers always do, but after looking at director Dennis Dugan’s filmography (Beverly Hills Ninja, Saving Silverman, The Benchwarmers), pretty much all hope dies an early death. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed I tried to be positive at all. I’ve learned my lesson. I know pronounce myself bored and annoyed. Trailer
And in limited release:
- Sunshine. Sci-fi psychological thriller from Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) about the attempt by a future team of scientists to reignite the sun before it goes out forever dooming all life on earth. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time and I really want it to be great, but the buzz hasn’t been great…especially about the ending. We’ll see. Trailer
- Goya’s Ghosts. Francisco Goya vs. The Spanish Inquisition vs. Natalie Portman in a hot epic historical three-way from Milos Forman (Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). One of these days I’ll stop being so enamored of Natalie Portman and I’ll really sit down and wonder if she can act. My gut tells me she can in the right role, but I’m not sure this is it. I don’t know, I’m cautiously optimistic…or maybe I’m hopefully pessimistic…or… Trailer
- Cashback. Boy gets dumped by girlfriend. Boy gets insomnia. Boy takes job at an all night supermarket. Boy learns to stop time. Boy takes off customers’ clothes and sketches them. Craig isn’t sure whether to be annoyed, aroused or creeped out. Do yourself a favor and instead of watching the Magnolia US trailer watch the foreign one at the movie’s official website so you can see the women who are naked and you can then rest easily at night by skipping this movie and knowing you’re not missing anything.
- David & Layla (LA Only). Romantic comedy about a New York Jew falling in love with an immigrant Iraqi Muslim. Gee if a Muslim and a Jew can get along, why I bet…. Trailer
- Ten Canoes (NY 6/1). This Australian comedy-drama is the first feature length film shot in the Aboriginal language of Ganalbingu. At long last we can answer the burning question: What’s the Ganalbingu word for Canoe? Trailer