The Avengers (trailer)
Director: Joss Whedon (Serenity)
Personal Interest Factor: 6
Good early reviews but let’s be honest here, we all know exactly what we’re getting with this thing, and there’s almost zero chance that anyone is going to be talking about this as a great movie by the end of the year. It will be consumed and then mostly forgotten, like all the other Marvel movies have been. I mean, honestly, Captain America got the same favorable early-review treatment last year, and is anyone going to speak up for the rewatchability of that one now?
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (trailer)
Director: John Madden (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Proof, Killshot, The Debt)
Personal Interest Factor: 4
Yeah, this looks like something to avoid. I guess I’m supposed to say something about the veteran cast and blah, blah, blah, but honestly I couldn’t care less. This looks like the kind of overbearing exoticism that went out of style decades ago, and I don’t care to see Judi Dench or Maggie Smith or even Bill Nighy constantly mugging for the camera. I’m just thankful that I haven’t been forced to watch the trailer even more than I have.
Director: Guy Maddin (Cowards Bend the Knee, The Saddest Music in the World, Brand Upon the Brain!, My Winnipeg)
Personal Interest Factor: 7
I haven’t seen any of Maddin’s films except My Winnipeg, which was alternatingly inscrutable and amusing, and sometimes both at once. Fortunately, this is playing at the Film Center downtown, so it’ll be easy enough to see.
A Little Bit of Heaven (trailer)
Director: Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman)
Personal Interest Factor: 1
I’m putting this in the main section just to note that horrible Metacritic rating, and to speculate (I’m too lazy to look it up) about whether or not it’s a new low for Kate Hudson.