With only a few releases for the week, the choice should be simple, but is it?
With only a few releases for the week, the choice should be simple, but is it? As always it comes down to personal taste. This week the movies are so distinctly different the choice is all about, “what do you feel like watching?” The easy eliminations for me are the few limited releases. None of them is really jumping out and saying “watch me!”
The only limited selection that seems good is the period piece, and Official Selection at Cannes, “The Last Mistress.” After searching around last week for “Brick Lane,” missing it and watching the French film “Roman de Gare,” I am not very enthusiastic about seeing another limited release. Don’t get me wrong, “Roman de Gare” was great. I enjoyed every bit of the plot. It’s about a famous novelist who seems to get her ideas from a local murder mystery. Without giving away too much, I recommend seeing it and so does the New York Times. Unfortunately, unless you are like me and don’t mind going to Hartford, you have to wait for DVD. That is my gripe about the limited releases.
I wanted to see “Brick Lane” last week and it was nowhere to be found. I know it’s an old gripe you have heard me utter before, but when will someone give me my financial backing so I can start my own limited-release theater in Norwich? Anyway, I will watch “The Last Mistress,” but I will wait for the DVD.
That leaves me with three major releases competing for blockbuster of the box office. “WALL-E” will top the charts with children and adults. I have already heard many of my cohorts state they are dying to see “WALL-E.” Of course most of them have children. It’s the latest Pixar extravaganza, with I’m sure a huge budget. If you can get past the fact the cute little robot is almost an exact replica of Jonny 5 from 1986’s “Short Circuit,” then the movie might seem original. Only the parents will notice; I’m sure children will love “WALL-E.” To be totally honest I want to see it too, just not right away.
That leaves me with a toss between two action flicks. I’ll say it right now, it’s too hard for me to choose and I plan to see both. Luckily, one is being released Friday and the other Wednesday. That gives me a little breather, so I don’t have to plant my butt in a theater chair for four hours straight.
This Friday I will watch “Wanted,” the new high-action Angelina Jolie flick also starring Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy (“Atonement”).
McAvoy is a young, apathetic and aimless loser who is recruited by Jolie as a special hit man in “The Fraternity,” a secret organization. I don’t know too much, but the special effects seem well worth the big-screen bucks. It seems like a non-stop thrill. Although Freeman has a lesser role, it looks enjoyable, with some smart dialogue and catchphrases. “Wanted” seems to be one of the more original movies of recent memory, as does my other pick, “Hancock.”
“Hancock” is the new Will Smith mega release coming out Wednesday for the Independence Day weekend. The movie does seem like every bit of a gamble as the first “Men In Black.” Audiences will either grab on tightly to this sarcastic, rebel superhero Smith plays, or they will dump him like yesterday’s garbage. I will be taking that gamble, and hoping all the great lines and visuals of the film weren’t totally used up in the trailer.
In Flicks, Donna Antonacci will narrow each week’s field of new releases to one must-see cinema adventure. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.