Outlaw Russell Crowe and the men determined to see he gets on the 3:10 to Yuma
Good riddance to August. Good riddance to summer. Good riddance to sequels. Let the real movie season begin.
In Wide release this week:
- 3:10 to Yuma. James Mangold (Walk the Line) directs this remake of the 1957 Delmer Daves’ western about a rancher (Christian Bale) escorting an outlaw (Russell Crowe) to prison. Sounds simple enough, but not everything is exactly as it seems in this psychological western originally based on an Elmore Leonard short story.
- Shoot ‘Em Up. Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti in an out of control action thriller with copious amounts of gunplay. There is absolutely nothing in director Michael Davis’ filmography to suggest this should be anything other than ass and I’ve already been burned once this year by a so called over-the-top action thriller (Smokin’ Aces)…and yet there is something about the combination platter of Owen, Giamatti and non-stop high velocity projectile mayhem that’s probably going to sucker me into seeing this thing.
- The Brothers Solomon. Retard comedy with Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and Will Forte (SNL) as two moronic brothers who seek a woman to help them provide their dying father with a grandchild. Mr. Show’s Bob Odenkirk directs. Yeah, I don’t know. I like the idea of R rated comedies and all, but is this going to be one of those movies that’s only funny if you’re super high?
And in limited release:
- The Hunting Party (NY, LA. Opens wide 9/14). A disgraced TV news reporter (Richard Gere) teams up with his old cameraman (Terrence Howard) and a rookie journalist (Jessie Eisenberg) five years after the war in Bosnia to track down a notorious war criminal. This action-thriller is Directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador).
- Hatchet. Horny college kids on vacation during Mardi Gras + a haunted swamp tour + a legendary hatchet wielding psycho = Hatchet. The male segment of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel audience who missed Mercedes McNab airbrushed to within an inch of utter lifelessness in Playboy and who are incapable of even the most rudimentary Google search will be gratified to learn that Ms. McNab goes topless and makes out with a hot brunette.
- The Bubble. Israeli feature film about three young roommates sharing an apartment in a trendy Tel Aviv neighborhood when one of them falls in love with a Palestinian.
- Fierce People (NY 9/7, LA 9/14). A teenager’s plans to travel to South America with his estranged father to study a native tribe known as the “Fierce People” are waylaid by the legal problems of the teen’s drug addicted mother (Diane Lane). When mom and son go to stay with one of her wealthy clients (Donald Sutherland), the young man decides on an anthropological study of the rich instead. Hey, d’you think the title refers to the rich people and not the native South Americans? Yeah? Maybe? I’m getting a massive Running With Scissors vibe off this thing and it just made me throw up in my mouth a little.
- In the Shadow of the Moon. Documentary about the nine Apollo moon missions launched between 1968 and 1972. Filmmaker David Sington interviews each surviving crew member.
- Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint (NY 9/7, LA 9/14). I tried to write a blurb regarding this Bhutanese movie about an 11th century Buddhist monk in a way that would be appealing to people who aren’t generally drawn to Bhutanese movies about 11th century Buddhist monks, but I came up shooting blanks. I feel like such a failure…
- I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (NY 9/7, LA 9/14). Jeff Garlin of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame adapts his own one man stage show about a depressed, overweight and out of work actor who lives with his mother. When he meets sexually aggressive ice cream lady Sarah Silverman, things start looking up….or do they? One man stage shows generally give me an angry rash on my ass. Having them adapted into a feature length film is like having the angry rash filmed in 35mm and then projected onto a large reflective screen in front of a couple hundred people. Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy my angry ass rash.
- Czech Dream. Documentary where two filmmakers launch a massive ad campaign upon the citizens of Prague announcing a gigantic bargain superstore that sells everything. The citizens rejoice…except the superstore doesn’t actually exist. Prague: You’ve been Punk’d!
- Exiled (NY 8/31, LA 9/7) I mentioned this one in last week’s forecast, but it’s being release in LA now so I’m mention it again.
Ladies and gentlemen: Exiled.