Thursday, April 7, 2011

Opening This Week

  •  Arthur- Remake of the 80s Dudley Moore charmer about a self obsessed trust fund man child trying to make it on his own.  Russell Brand takes over the reigns, and in a gender swap, Helen Mirren takes on the nanny role made famous by John Gielguld.  Co-stars Jennifer Garner, Luis Guzman, and Greta Gerwig.
  • Hanna- Teenage girl assassin story starring Saoirse Ronan, she of the hypnotizing eyes as the young killer trained by father Eric Bana, while the hunt from the mysterious CIA lady Cate Blanchett.  The pedigree her is fascinating, as it's directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) and features a film score by the Chemical Brothers...I for one am always intrigued when bands tackle movie compositions...and recent examples have been sweet (Trent Reznor has an Oscar to back that up.)  Reviews have been decent, but after Kick-Ass, Sucker Punch, and the upcoming Hunger Games; I'm weirded out on the seemingly endless trend of stylized female terrorists.
  • Soul Surfer- The true story of Bethany Hamilton, a young surfer who lost an arm due to a shark attack.  The inspiring tale of her comeback stars Anna Sophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt.  Surely to be seen on the Hallmark Channel after it's theatrical run.
  • Your Highness- Director David Gordon Green returns with his latest stoner comedy-- a medieval riff with princes and dragons, and nudity; at least the title is sort of clever.  Stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel.  Before Pineapple Express, Green made small, character driven indies like George Washington, All the Real Girls and Undertow...those films were kind of good. Sigh!
  • Meek's Cutoff- I pains me that the movie I'm most looking forward to this spring opens this weekend, but alas only in New York, not Los Angeles, the sad major city I call home.  For those on the east coast, you can surely delight in seeing Kelly Reichardt's follow up to Wendy & Lucy, a festival celebrated western starring her muse Michelle Williams, as well as Bruce Greenwood and Paul Dano.  It's a sad and unsettling fate that so many smaller and foreign films nowadays don't even open in Los Angeles, and if they do, their relegated to one week engagements, and your screwed.  I hope this film does something because Reichardt has exhibited such rich auteur tendencies in the past...she's a real find.
  • Ceremony- Michael Angarano (Snow Angels, and young William Miller in Almost Famous) plays a young lad attempting to stop the wedding of his love (a cougar-ish Uma Thurman) to a vain actor, played by Lee Pace. On the subject of Pace-- after Pushing Daises, shouldn't this guy be enormously famous by now!  Something tells me this won't be the savior of modern romantic comedies.
  • Meet Monica Velour- Kim Cattrall plays a dried up former porn star in this indie comedy.  Feels appropriate, hopefully she has fun with it.
  • American: The Bill Hicks Story- Documentary that chronicles the life of transgressive comic Bill Hicks. 

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