This Weekend At The Movies (Apr. 29-May 1)

There are quite a few releases this weekend.  Some of them have already been out in some cities as they have had a staggered limited release, but since they are newly available to me, I thought I would include them here.

SUPER  (MP’s Pick of the Week)

Written and directed by James Gunn.  Starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker and Nathan Fillion.

After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into the Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks heroic skills.  He teams up with a psychopathic teen to fight crime.

I’m really looking forward to this movie.  I am a big fan of James Gunn.  I really liked Slither and thought his PG Porn shorts were pretty hilarious.  His blog and twitter feed are actually quite funny as well.  The film itself is pure James Gunn through and through.  He made the movie independently and without any interference from studio heads.  So what is up on the screen is exactly what Gunn intends you to see.  That’s a rarity these days in films.  So I whole heartedly encourage you to check out Super and support the film.  If you can’t make it to the theater, you can also check out the movie currently on Video On Demand (through Time Warner, Direct TV, Comcast, Cox, Bright House, Cablevision and Charter cable providers).

DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT

Directed by Kevin Munroe.  Starring Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem and Peter Stormare.

The adventures of supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Okay, that’s a terrible synopsis, but hey, I didn’t write it.  Bad synopsis aside, I’m really hoping that this movie is a lot of fun.  It looks like a combination of Constantine and the tv show Reaper.  The movie is based on the Dylan Dog series of Italian horror comics.  It’ll be interesting to see how Kevin Munroe translates to live action after previously directing TMNT, the CG animated Turtles movie.  The release of this was forever delayed and I’ve not really seen any reviews but the trailer and tv spots make it look a fun time.  I’m definitely checking this one out this weekend as well.

RUBBER

Directed by Quentin Dupieux.  Starring Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser and Roxane Mesquida.

When Robert, an inanimate tire, discovers his destructive telepathic powers, he soon sets his sights on a desert town; in particular, a mysterious woman becomes his obsession.

So yea this is a movie about a killer psychic tire.  One might instanly think B-movie gold with a premise like that but it seems one would be wrong.  Magnet is distributing this film and they have quite a good track record for picking good films to release.. Let the Right One In and Monsters, for example.  On top of that, the reviews of the film have been quite good.  Some critics even going as far as to say that this film may the best film to hit American cinemas so far this year.  I have a hard time believing that myself, but I’m very intrigued by this movie.  It’s definitely on my list of must see.

FAST FIVE

Directed by Justin Lin.  Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Jordana Brewster.

Dominic and his crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent.

So here we are with another entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise.  I have remained absent from this franchise after seeing the first  film.  I thought it was a pointless film and couldn’t even enjoy it on a popcorn level.  It felt like a movie that MTV concocted.  But I realize that quite a lot of people enjoyed the first film as made obvious by the fact that we are now on the fifth entry.  So I would almost immediately write this film off except for a few things.  Firstly, Dwayne Johnson.  I don’t know what it is about The Rock but I want to see him succeed as an action star.  I think he has great potential to be something big but somehow keeps finding less desirable projects.  The Rundown, I think, is his best film to date.  So I hope for his sake that this movie surpasses the previous films ten fold and that what we get is a legitimate action film.  Secondly, Justin Lin is directing this one.  I don’t know who he is but he’s just been attached to a package deal with Schwarzenegger for the next Terminator film.  So I’m intrigued to see how Fast Five holds up as a movie.  Lastly, I haven’t seen a lot of reviews, but I did hear of a favorable review from someone, who doesn’t much care for the franchise, saying this is a proper summer movie.  So I’ll probably see it, but I’m not rushing to the theater for a ticket.

There are two other releases this weekend, Prom and Hoodwinked Too!  Hood vs. Evil.  I honestly have no idea what Prom is except it’s from Disney and that the title probably sums up the movie.  I suspect it may be good/palatable for its targeted audience but everyone else I have no doubt would rather be seeing something else.  Hoodwinked Too! is the sequel to, you guessed it, Hoodwinked.  I never saw it and have no intention of seeing it or its sequel.  The animation looks extremely average and was born out of the success of the Shrek franchise and has little else going for it.  Hanna and Source Code are still in theaters if you haven’t seen those yet.  Both are good films to check out.

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