This Weekend At The Movies (May 13-15)

So at first this week almost seemed like a pass week for movies but looking at what comes out today, I find myself wanting to see the films but just don’t feel any rush to check them out.  This week we have:

BRIDESMAIDS

Directed by Paul Feig.  Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne.

Picked as her best friend’s maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids.

If it wasn’t for Kristen Wiig having co-wrote the film, I may not have been as interested in seeing this movie.  I enjoy Wiig, as well as Maya Rudolph, as comedic actresses.  Paul Feig is on the directing reigns for this Apatow produced film.  He’s worked on some good things before albeit mainly television (The Office, Arrested Development).  The trailer is amusing and I’ve heard reviews of the movie are pretty positive.  It’s also being said that, despite the film obviously targeting the female demographic, the film should appeal to everyone’s sensibilities.  I do want to see the film, but I probably won’t catch it until it hits blu-ray more than likely.

EVERYTHING MUST GO (MP’S PICK OF THE WEEK)

Written and directed by Dan Rush.  Starring Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall and Laura Dern.

When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.

Out of all the releases, this is the one I’m most interested in seeing.  Anyone going in expecting to see outrageous hilarity from Ferrell may be disappointed as this one is showing his dramatic side once again.  It’s always nice to see him leave the comfort zone of comedy and do something with a little more depth.  I think he did well in Stranger Than Fiction and imagine he should do well in this film.  He’s joined by the beautiful Rebecca Hall who, as far as I’ve seen, has always been good in the films she’s starred in.  I think this is probably going to be the best option this weekend for anyone looking for a quality flick.

PRIEST

Directed by Scott Stewart.  Starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer, Brad Dourif and Christopher Plummer.

A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

That plot summary is quite short and concise.  Is that a sign that the plot of the film is going be that thin?  Possibly.  Anyone who has seen Stewart’s previous outing, Legion, also with Paul Bettany, knows that what we may be in store for here is something rather mediocre.  I have to admit though that watching the trailer doesn’t make it look half bad actually.  Sure, the vampires looks like they came out of the terrible I Am Legend, but the scope of the film seems to look rather big and it looks like it could maybe be some mindless fun.  Plus, Karl Urban seems to be having some fun playing the villain.  It’s being shown in 3D but it looks like the film was shot in 35mm which would mean this baby is a 3D conversion.  So I would recommend saving the money and going to see it in 2D.  If it’s as bad as Legion was, you will be thankful you didn’t spend the money for a 3D ticket.
HESHER

Directed by Spencer Susser.  Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson and Devin Brochu.

Loud music.  Pornography.  Burning shit to the ground.  These are a few of Hesher’s favorite things.  And they are what Hesher brings into the lives of TJ, a young boy, and his father, Paul, when he takes up residence in their garage uninvited.  Paul, grief stricken by the loss of his wife, can’t muster the strength to evict the strange squatter and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household.  Like a force of nature, Hesher’s anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace life once more.

This film is out in limited release today and unfortunately is not playing here in my town.  But if it’s playing near you, I would definitely try and check it out.  If it were playing wide nationally I would probably give this the “pick of the week” label.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a rather talented actor and Rainn Wilson recently proved in Super (still in theaters, go see it, it’s awesome) that he’s capable of some pretty great stuff as well.  Beyond the plot synopsis though I don’t know too much more about the movie.  I haven’t even watched the trailer yet but might go into the film without watching the trailer.  That’s something that doesn’t happen very often these days (me not seeing a trailer for a movie) and sometimes it’s just nice to be surprised.

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