By Craig Kennedy - July 17th, 2008; 12:01 am
Seven days in the making…it’s the Weekend Forecast. Here’s where I just get out of the way for the big one.
In bat-theaters everywhere:
- The Dark Knight. In order for this movie to live up to the hype, it’s going to have to buy me dinner and give me a lap dance, but not necessarily in that order. I’m just saying. Is the hype real or imagined? Has the film reached a level of excitement where it starts feeding itself and people start snapping up tickets because they’re convinced it’s going to be the thing to talk about? Ask me again on Monday.
- Mamma Mia! Here I go again. My my, how can I resist you? Mamma mia, does it show again? My my, just how much I’ve missed you. Yes, I’ve been brokenhearted; blue since the day we parted. Why, why did I ever let you go? Mamma mia, now I really know. My my, I could never let you go.
You know, sometimes it’s tough not being the target audience for a movie, but I think I’ll manage.
- Space Chimps. I often joke that a movie would be better if they added monkeys with laser rifles and jet packs. Methinks the joke has finally come to haunt me. 10-1 it isn’t true. If you’re 5 1/2 or you’ve recently sustained severe head trauma, this could be the movie for you this weekend.
In theaters here and there:
- A Very British Gangster. Documentary about gangster Dominic Noonan as told by Donal MacIntyre, a journalist who went all Donnie Brasco for a year among England’s criminal element.
- Felon. This prison drama stars Stephen Dorff, Val Kilmer, Sam Shephard and Harold Perrineau. Dorff is convicted of killing a man while defending his family and gets sent to prison where the guards are worse than the prisoners. Val Kilmer plays his cellmate.
- Lou Reed’s Berlin. Lou Reed gives live performances of his 1973 concept album Berlin. Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls) films it over the course of five nights at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse. Et voilà: Lou Reed’s Berlin.
In New York theaters:
- A Man Named Pearl (LA 7/25). I was so jazzed for this movie about the hedge trimmer, I blurbed it last week. Changing the world one bush at a time, I shit you not.
- Before I Forget. So, you’re an aging gay gigolo on a downward spiral. The wealthy man who has supported you for 30 years dies and his family disputes your inheritance. You’re poor, lonely and you have HIV. Ladies and gentlemen, I present The Feel Good Movie of the Summer.
- The Doorman. Those of you who’ve ever gotten turned away at the door of a hip urban club may enjoy this comedy. Or you might not. You know, the hardest part of the Weekend Forecast is coming up with original blurbs about movies I have no interest in whatsoever. I know, life is rough all over, right?
- Mad Detective. Co-directed by Johnny To (Fulltime Killer) and Wai Ka-fai (Running on Karma), this Hong Kong crime thriller is about a crazy ex-cop who teams up with a rookie to track down a serial killer.
- Take. (LA 7/25) Minnie Driver. Jeremy Renner. She’s driving out to see him executed. Find out how their paths crossed and where their lives went from there. Or don’t. Yeah, don’t. Nevermind.
- Transsiberian. Here we have an R-rated thriller from Brad Anderson (The Machinist) starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer as a couple taking the scenic route aboard the Trans-Siberian Express on their way back from a trip to Asia. They meet another friendly couple from the West who turn out to be not so friendly. Terror ensues. Ben Kinsgley also stars as a Russian policeman.
In Los Angeles theaters:
- Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. The controversial documentary that opened in New York last week comes to the City of Angels.
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