This Weekend At The Movies (July 8-10)

So apparently Hollywood decided to take a break this weekend.  We don’t have any big summer movies to go see, perhaps it’s the quiet before the storm of Harry Potter, Captain America and Cowboys & Aliens.  But even though Hollywood is taking a bit of tentpole movie break, there are still some offerings for this weekend.

HORRIBLE BOSSES

(MP’s Pick of the Week)

Directed by Seth Gordon.  Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.

Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

I do want to see Horrible Bosses but I really am in no hurry to see it.  I like all the actors in it and it’s directed by Seth Gordon (King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters).  The problem I have with my movitation to see the movie is two-fold.  One, the movie looks a little generic.  I have no doubt I will laugh in it but the trailer feels middle of the road and I’m hoping that because it is rated R, we are just not being shown any of the good stuff.  Secondly, I don’t buy into the plot of the movie.  None of the bosses seem so bad that they need to be taken out.  I realize that the plot isn’t supposed to be taken so seriously and is playing on the fact that at some point in time, everyone has had a boss that they feel would be better suited 6 feet under, but for whatever reason, it still is a hard sell for me.  That being said, they aren’t factors that would prevent me from seeing the film but I might just wait for the dollar theater.  All the stuff with the bosses looks like it will be funny, particularly the segments involving Colin Farrell as the tool boss.  I honestly think that if you see the film you’ll have a good time with it but I just question whether or not there will be gut busting laughs in it.  Fans of King of Kong should keep an eye out as there are a few nods to that film, including Steve Wiebe as a security guard.

ZOOKEEPER

Directed by Frank Coraci.  Starring Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Ken Jeong and Leslie Bibb.  Featuring the voices of Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone, Jon Favreau, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Cher, Judd Apatow and Faizon Love.

A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zookeeper find love without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious so he can better find woman to love.

Oh the classic talking animals genre.. you’ve blessed us with classics such as Furry Vengeance and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.  Let it be known that I do not like this type of movie.  I cringe a lot when I see this trailer, especially with the hip hop gorilla.  But despite the fact that this is a type of movie that I roll my eyes over, I really like the people in it.  Rosario Dawson, Ken Jeong, Stallone, Jon Favreau and Maya Rudolph.. these are all people I like supporting at the movie theater, some moreso than others.  I sat through Spy Kids 3D because Stallone was in it and I’m terribly worried one day this movie might end up in my netflix queue for this reason (I’m unapologetically a fan of Stallone).  And then there is Kevin James, who is not unfunny to me, but I saw Paul Blart: Mall Cop and I learned my lesson for when he does extremely broad, lowest-common-denominator comedy.  The film is also produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison productions and when is the last time he produced a good movie?  For me, it hasn’t been since Happy Gilmore/Wedding Singer days.  But regardless of what I think of the film, the movie will make money and probably enough to make a Zookeeper 2.  It has broad appeal and is safe for the kiddies.  It also faces no new competition (Horrible Bosses is targeting a much older crowd).  So if you like movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks and Cats and Dogs, then this should be right up your alley.

THE WARD

(Limited Release)

Directed by John Carpenter.  Starring Amber Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mamie Gummer and Jared Harris.

A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.

I love John Carpenter films.  Halloween is one of my favorite horror films of all time, as is The Thing.  The Fog, They Live, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China and even Christine are among other favorites of mine from him.  Hell, I like Vampires, but because it’s one of those bad-it’s-good films.  Carpenter to me is synonymous with the horror genre.  I honestly do not know what the genre would be without him.  He’s just as important/influential to horror as George Romero is.  But unlike Romero, Carpenter hasn’t put out anything truly defining since 1988’s They Live.  There has been some fun stuff along the way (Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Escape from L.A., Vampires) and it has been ten years since he last released a movie.  So it is most welcome to be treated to a new horror film from a master of horror.  The reviews on it have been mixed and that is a little disappointing, but in all honesty, it doesn’t matter to me.  I will happily give the film a shot.  I was sold the minute I saw the classic font he’s used for so many of his movie titles in the trailer.. that and the gorgeous Amber Heard.  I just hope that when I watch it, I see some trademark Carpenter in the film, whether it be his aesthetic, his pacing or his composition.  If you are a Carpenter fan, like myself, then I don’t see why you shouldn’t check the film out.  It’s in extremely limited release starting July 8th.  If it isn’t playing near you, you’ll be able to catch in on blu-ray/DVD/VOD soon enough.  Just be a little cautious with your expectations.

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