It may be a relatively slow weekend for big Hollywood releases. The book-turned-animated feature Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has taken a commanding role atop the box office list since opening last Friday. $20 million behind is The Informant, starring Matt Damon. Everything else seems to be scrap-metal or old news.
My wife and I moved last weekend to a little apartment with no internet (click here) until Saturday and, therefore, I missed last week’s Weekend Preview. Allow me to do a little bit of catch-up.
Jennifer’s Body: Just when you thought you’d had enough horrible acting, Megan Fox is now starring in a film. On a positive note, it was written by Diablo Cody (Juno) but, again, Megan Fox. The cons definitely outweigh the pros. R
Love Happens: Due to my current lack of media in any format at my apartment, I have been mostly uninformed about this movie. However, I do like Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. The story seems unique enough that it could be enjoyable. It won’t be a blockbuster, but it’s probably a great alternative to The Megan Fox Lame Hour. PG-13
Surrogates: Bruce Willis stars in this futuristic action/thriller in which anyone and everyone has the opportunity to live vicariously through a more attractive robot clone. When a college student actually ends up murdered, the safety behind the surrogates is thrown into question and crazy robot action most likely ensues. PG-13
Fame: Thriving on the recent success of dance movies and dance movie remakes, Fame returns to the big screen. One can most likely expect great dancing coupled with weak acting and an even weaker story. PG
Pandorum: As much as you’d like to think this is your favorite online radio station, it’s not. It looks like Resident Evil meets Predator and it just might be, since it comes from the producers of the Resident Evil films. Two guys wake up in some chambers of their spaceship with no recollection of their whereabouts or their mission. The rest of the ship has been destroyed or emptied. The only solution: send one of them wandering into the dark. R
White on Rice: This film has strong local ties, which usually makes me a strong supporter. This Japanese-American comedy tells the story of Jimmy, a recently divorced 40-year-old learning about growing up. It appears to be a very quirky and funny tale, but I need to see it before I can form a strong opinion. This film is playing this weekend at the Provo Towne Centre. PG-13
At the Broadway Centre Theatre in Salt Lake:
Cold Souls: Paul Giamatti plays actor Paul Giamatti (not himself) in this strange story about soul storage. Giamatti stores his soul but, when he wants it back, it has been “misplaced,” taking him on a journey to find his lost soul. PG-13
Lorna’s Silence: An Albanian woman and her boyfriend try to get by in Belgium, but become involved with the wrong people, confronting Lorna with the most important decision of her life. R
My One and Only: Some rather big names sit atop this title, such as Renee Zellwegger and Kevin Bacon. A woman takes her two teens across the country in search of a better husband and father, discovering much more than that along the way. PG-13
Adoration: After an assignment is given out, one student applies the topic too heavily to his own life and begins investigating more deeply the deaths of his own parents. R
It Might Get Loud: A “rockumentary” about Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2, and Jack White of the White Stripes. PG
Big Fan: An obsessed New York Giants fan gets assaulted by his favorite player and must decide how to react. R
The Baader Meinhof Complex: A German film about the 1970s guerrilla group Red Army Faction. R
You may have never heard of the films playing at the Broadway Centre Theatre, but don’t discredit them because of a lack of advertising. Some of the best films I have seen have come from similar situations. As for having to drive to Salt Lake just to see a movie, I would do it just to see Cold Souls. Paul Giamatti is the man.
So there you have it, your Weekend Preview. Be sure to go to an early show so you can enjoy Mudbison at Velour tonight at 8:00 p.m.
Mckay Stevens is a film correspondent for Rhombus. Follow him on Twitter @S_Mckay — or come out to the house and help him and Ma make some gingerbread.
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