This weekend in wide release:
- The Bourne Ultimatum. The third (and last?) movie in the Bourne franchise and the third (and last) of the summer movies I’ve actually been looking forward to this year. The question is: did somebody buy Paul Greengrass a friggin’ tripod since the last time out?
- Bratz. Hey look everybody! It’s BratzzzZzzZzzzz zZZzzzzzZZzZZZ zZZzZzZZZZzzzZzzz (snort) ZZzZzZzzzzzzZZ ZZzzzzZZzzzZ ZZZzzZZzZ ZzZZzzzzzzzzzZZZZz….
- El Cantante. Do 600 screens actually count as a wide release? I don’t know. Anyway, when I first saw the trailer for this biopic about Salsa superstar Hector Lavoe, the audience spontaneously booed and hissed at the first sight of Jennifer Lopez. I remember how great she was in Out of Sight and I have to wonder where it all went so wrong. Having said that, I’ll be seeing her and her husband Marc Anthony in this movie right after I go jogging in a pair of boxers lined with live porcupines.
- Hot Rod. The singularly unfunny SNL cast member Andy Samberg stars as an accident-prone stuntman. I guess the equally unfunny Horatio Sanz was busy the week they threw this thing together. Maybe he was taking card-reading lessons. Or maybe he was watching Jimmy Fallon movies and just laughing until it hurt.
- Underdog. You will believe a dog can fly, but you will not believe you paid money to see it. Go see Ratatouille again instead.
- Talk to Me (Expanding Wide). This one’s been kicking around for awhile in limited release and opens wide this weekend. Don Cheadle stars as 60s DC radio personality Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene.
And the limited releases:
- Becoming Jane. Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) and James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland) in this biography of author Jane Austen.
- The Ten. Ten shorts about the Ten commandments. Oh, and it’s a comedy. Featuring Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Rob Corddry, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Justin Theroux and Ken Marino.
- This is England. (Opened NY 7/27) Writer/director Shane Meadows (Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, Dead Man’s Shoes) takes a page from his youth with this story of a boy who falls in with some skinheads in his neighborhood in the 80s. I know I already said the exact same thing last week, but now the movie is opening in LA.
- No End in Sight. (Opened NY, DC 7/27) Supposedly excellent documentary about how things all went to hell in Iraq. See, if only the military had a flying dog…