Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones star in the Sundance romance (Sunmance? Romdance?) Like Crazy

It’s kind of an odd week this week with a bunch of half-way interesting releases, but nothing that jumps out and shouts “You must watch!”

  • Like Crazy. This winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as a couple of college kids, a Yank and a Brit, inflamed by first love only to have it torn apart when she’s forced to go back to the UK. (Limited)
  • The Rum Diary. Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s debut novel, The Rum Diary stars a Thompson-esque Johnny Depp as a boozy journalist who escapes the constrictions of square 1950s America to write for a local Puerto Rican rag. There he gets caught between a beautiful married blonde (Amber Heard) and her husband, a corrupt businessman (Aaron Eckhart) who wants him to write favorably of his plan to convert the island into a resort for the rich. (Wide)
  • Puss in Boots. I have to admit I’ve never been entirely crazy about the Shrek movies. They’re mostly funny and enjoyable when they’re in front of you, but otherwise they’re just animated excuses for a lot of jokes without much soul. It turns out a lot of people are perfectly ok with that and, since Antonio Banderas’ Puss in Boots character was a highlight of whichever of the films he was in, this one is probably worth a look if you’re already a fan, but then you didn’t need me to tell you that. (Wide)

  • In Time. Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried live in a future world in which the minutes and seconds of people’s lifespans are used as currency. You’ve gotta figure that whatever dangerous scenarios they’re written into, they look like Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried so things will turn out all right in the end. Am I wrong? Am I wrong? (Wide)
  • 13. Gela Babluani remakes his own Russian mystery drama 13 Tzameti, but he just calls it 13 because we don’t know what the hell a tzameti is. Critics have clobbered it, but I have to say he’s assembled quite a cast including Sam Riley, Jason Statham, Michael Shannon, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, Alexander Skarsgard, Ray Liotta and Ben friggin Gazzara. Something about an underground Russian roulette competition. Ow, I just sprained a shoulder shrugging. (NY, LA)
  • Anonymous. Academics have sure gotten their panties in a bunch over Roland Emmerich’s little pot boiler theorizing that Shakespeare was just a lout who didn’t write any of his own plays, but that’s a little bit like scientists bitching about the inaccuracies of Michael Bay’s Armageddon. It’s Emmerich for chrissakes not Simon friggin Schama. Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis and Joely Richardson star. (Limited)
  • Janie Jones. Sorry, I just can’t get over the fact they turned a fantastic song by The Clash into a goopy little Somewhere-wannabe about a fading rock star whose errant life is turned upside down (for the better!) when his 13-year-old daughter Abigail Breslin shows up. Joe Strummer is spinning in his grave. (NY, LA)
  • The Double. Retired CIA guy Richard Gere teams up with green FBI agent Topher Grace when a US senator is assassinated and all signs point toward a notorious cold war-era Soviet assassin. (Limited)
  • My Reincarnation. Jennifer Fox documents 20 years in the life of a high Tibetan Buddhist master whose son flees monastic life for the West despite being recognized as a Master reincarnated himself. (NY, LA)
  • RA. One. More and more Bollywood flicks are turning up in US theaters, at least in areas with reasonably sized Indian populations, but most of them pass by mostly unnoticed by mainstream critics and audiences. Not RA. One. This epic science-fiction-action-adventure-musical-romance (reportedly the most expensive Indian film ever made) is pulling down some good reviews. If you see only one Bollywood extravaganza this weekend, make it RA. One! (that should totally be on the poster) (Limited)
  • Silver Bullets. Mumblecore maestro Joe Swanberg tackles horror with this tale of a couple whose relationship is tested when she takes a role in a werewolf film and bonds with her director. Swanberg stars as the other half of the couple. Indie horror guy Ti West (The House of the Devil) stars as the director. (NY)

5 Responses to “The Weekend Forecast Loves You Like Crazy”

  1. I saw the trailers for LIKE CRAZY and am definitely interested. Perhaps a Saturday evening screening can be managed.

    PUSS N BOOTS is multiplexing, so there’s a good chance, what with the kids as part of this equation.

  2. I think Le Havre might be opening in NY this weekend too. I think you’ll want to check that one out.

  3. I’m aiming for Urbanized, Rum Diary and In Time this weekend. No idea which to put more faith in.

  4. I’m surprised Puss In Boots is doing very well (see: better than expected) at Rotten Tomatoes, considering how the last two Shrek films fared.

    Craig, as far as the Shrek films go, the first two are worth the watch, or at least the first one. The rest are weak when compared to the first two.

  5. I’m staying out of the theater this weekend. I’ve got too much blog-related work to do in anticipation of AFI Fest and a couple of other things on assorted burners, but part of that too will be digging into a pile of DVDs so I won’t be going movie-less.

    If I get everything done I met check out Like Crazy or try and catch up with Ides of March or 50/50

    Rodrigo, it is a little surprising to see critics going for it, but maybe it’s Banderas and the character and the chance of scenery. If memory serves, Puss was the best part of Shrek 2. I never saw 3 or 4.

    The first 2 were funny and clever, but I found I never had any need to see them again.

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