Goodbye First Love (trailer)
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children)
Personal Interest Factor: 9
Father of My Children was one of my favorite movies from a couple years back, so I’m excited to see Hansen-Løve’s followup. I’m frankly relieved to be getting the chance, after I blew the chance to see it last month; I wasn’t sure if it would get a real theatrical run.
Last Ride (trailer)
Director: Glendyn Ivin
Personal Interest Factor: 6
Australian film that’s a few years old already – it premiered in 2009 – and is now getting a US release. It stars Hugo Weaving as an outlaw on the run with his young son. Looks possibly worthwhile for the outdoor photography.
Magic Mike (trailer)
Director: Steven Soderbergh (The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant!, Contagion, Haywire)
Personal Interest Factor: 7
The latest from the prolific Soderbergh, and an interesting AGEBOC case. It’s being promoted as something along the lines of the ultimate women’s movie, and I don’t doubt that there are a lot of women who are eager to see it. But there’s also a huge percentage of the population that simply will not go see it under any circumstances, and I’m not just talking about straight men. There are a lot of prudish types out there who would feel uncomfortable going to see something like this, as Hollywood finds out almost every time they try to push something with overt eroticism or assorted sleaze. Anyway, the odds of me going to see it would be extremely low if not for Soderbergh, just based on the cast alone, even if it wasn’t about male strippers.
People Like Us (trailer)
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Personal Interest Factor: 4
Apparently the name of this movie is “People Like Us”, as in “people similar to us”, and not “People Like Us” in the Sally Field Oscar-acceptance sense. FYI. I’m guessing it’s been forgotten before it’s even been released.
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Personal Interest Factor: 6
Here’s the thing – I’m not a regular watcher of Family Guy by any means, but I’ve never found MacFarlane’s stuff all that funny. And the premise for this seems rather thin – how long can the novelty of a dirty-minded stuffed bear really last? It seems like something that’s better suited to a series of SNL sketches than a feature film.
To Rome with Love (trailer)
Director: Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Whatever Works, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Midnight in Paris)
Personal Interest Factor: 5
After all the acclaim for Midnight in Paris, Allen is right back to making movies that I don’t particularly feel compelled to see. This one seems to be getting the worst reviews he’s gotten since, oh, probably Scoop or thereabouts.
Also this week:
The Graduate – a personal fave, in its 45th anniversary reissue
Grand Illusion – another exciting reissue, for the 75th anniversary of Renoir’s film
The Invisible War (trailer) – doc about military rape, by Kirby Dick
Madea’s Witness Protection (trailer) – better or worse than Larry the Cable Guy’s witness protection movie?
Never Stand Still (trailer) – doc about dance
Paul Williams Still Alive (trailer) – doc about the former celebrity