“Ashley, will you go to Prom with me?”

Fast Five is going to be the king of the box office this weekend, but if you’re looking for something with fewer car chases and explosions, keep an eye out for Werner Herzog’s doc Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Find these new releases and dozens of other movie ideas on the Now Playing page.

  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams (*** 1/2). I really wanted to love Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary exploring cave paintings that represent the oldest known examples of human artistic expression, but I’m just going to have to be satisfied with like. A little too scattered and claustrophobic with 3D that was more of a distraction than a benefit, Cave nevertheless dishes up some classic Herzog digressions and the subject alone is too strong to ignore. Even a Herzogian near miss is worth a look. I should also note that most critics seem to think the 3D is great. Me? I admired the intention of the 3D but was less enamored of the execution. (Review) (Limited)
  • Fast Five. The fifth film in Vin Diesel’s The Fast and the Furious series finds the underground auto racer and the usual suspects in Rio di Janeiro stuck between a corrupt businessman and a federal agent (Dwayne Johnson) tracking them down. Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang and others co-star. (Wide)
  • Prom. I skipped prom in 12th grade. If you think I’m going back now, you’re high. Disney is hoping a lot of people feel otherwise. Have fun kids! (Wide)

  • 13 Assassins. Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition) goes back to feudal Japan for a tale of unemployed samurai vs. an evil warlord with eyes on the throne. This one has been on VOD for a while now, but it’s getting a theatrical release this weekend. (Limited)
  • The Arbor. Best known for her play Rita, Sue and Bob Too, British playwright Andrea Dunbar began her first play, The Arbor, at age 15 and she died at 29. Let’s cut to the official blurb, shall we? “Instead if making a conventional documentary or adapting Dunbar’s play The Arbor for the screen, director Clio Barnard has crafted a truly unique work that transcends genre and defies categorization. Following two years conducting audio interviews with Dunbar’s family, friends and neighbors, Barnard filmed actors lip-synching the interviews, flawlessly interpreting every breath, tick and nuance. The film focuses in particular on the playwright’s troubled relationship with her daughter Lorraine who was just 10 when her mother died. Barnard re-introduces Lorraine, to her mother’s play and private letters, prompting her to reflect on the extraordinary parallels between their lives. Interwoven with these interviews are staged scenes of Dunbar’s play filmed on The Arbor, the street where she lived.”  (NY Wed. 4/27. LA 5/13)
  • Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) stars as Dylan Dog, a private investigator whose clients consist of werewolves, vampires, zombies, etc. Horror comedy based on the popular comic. (Wide)
  • Earthwork. John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) bets a well-deserved starring role in this true story of crop artist Stan Herd. In 1994, Stan made his way to New York from his home in Kansas to embark upon his first urban project recruiting the local homeless as his crew. (NY. LA 5/20)
  • Exporting Raymond. Everybody Loves Raymond creator Philip Rosenthal heads to Russia to add his expertise to a Russian version of the popular US sitcom and he brings a camera along to document the fish-out-of-water culture clash insanity. Actually this sounds a lot more interesting to me than the original sitcom which. (Limited)
  • Sympathy for Delicious. Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut has a great cast including Juliette Lewis and Laura Linney, but it’s gotten fairly well beaten up since it debuted on the festival circuit in 2010. Here’s the story as best I can summarize it: a DJ is paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, discovers he has the power to heal but can’t use the power on himself, joins a rock band. Got all that? (Limited)
  • Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil. Why is this direct to DVD-looking sequel playing in theaters? Because the first one made $100 worldwide. (Wide)
  • The Robber. Based on the true story of an Austrian marathoner who was also a serial bank robber. I guess The Marathoner wouldn’t have been as exciting of a title. (NY)

5 Responses to “Weekend Forecast: Fast Five unnofficially kicks off summer”

  1. Thanks, Craig. Now when I see that image in Cave of Forgotten Dreams I’m going to have to explain why I busted out laughing for no apparent reason. Ashley, hahaha.

    People here are all a-twitter about seeing Atlas Shrugged and Soul Surfer. Ugh. I might darken the doors of Water for Elephants or The Conspirator, but it very well may be another movies-at-home weekend for me.

  2. Thursday was my birthday so all this week, including the weekend, is a celebration. So far the celebrations involve bars and clubs, not movie theaters – so, no idea what the movie front will bring for me, if anything.

  3. Happy Birthday, Alison! I knew I should be celebrating something this weekend. Glad it’s you.

  4. Happy birthday Alison! Bars and clubs? You’re clearly a party animal.

  5. Happy belated week of birth Alison!

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