I’m not going to have a lot of time for new releases this week because of the AFI Film Festival, but I haven’t missed a Weekend Forecast yet. Here are this week’s wide releases:
- American Gangster. I hope this one is good, but I’m afraid Ridley Scott is no longer in my pantheon of must-see directors. He’ll always pique my interest in the hope he can recapture his Alien/Blade Runner glory, but his track record in the last 20 years has been very spotty. I’m not even a huge fan of his hits Thelma & Louise, Gladiator or Black Hawk Down. Am I going to movie hell now for saying that out loud?
- Bee Movie. BzzzzzzZZzzZZ zZZzZZzZZzzzz ZZZzzZZZZZzzzZZz ZZZzzzZZzzZZ ZZzzzZZZzZZZz ZzZzzzzZZZZzzzzZZ ZZzzZzzZZzZzzz ZZzzzzZZz zZZzzzZzZz ZZZZzzzzzZzZZ zZZzzZZzzZZZz ZZZZZzzz…
- Martian Child. I fell for a movie about a dude who falls in love with a sex doll, so why can’t I buy this one about a couple who adopts a child who says he’s from Mars? I don’t know, but John Cusack aside, I’m just not.
- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Already opened in limited release. Expanding a little bit this weekend.
- Darfur Now. Documentary about the genocide in Sudan.
- Fat Girls. The L.A. Times is calling is comparing it to Napoleon Dynamite minus the good-hearted eccentricity. In other words: if you loved Napoleon Dynamite, you’re going to hate Fat Girls and if you hated Napoleon Dynamite, you’re going to hate Fat Girls. Or maybe not. This one’s about a gay Texas teen and his plus-sized female friend and I’m sure it’s designed to appeal to the outcast in all of us.
- The Good Night. I’ve already mentioned Jake Paltrow’s directorial debut, but it’s opening in L.A. this weekend so here you go.
- Joe Strummer the Future is Unwritten. Julien Temple’s documentary about the late co-founder of The Clash.