Opening in New York, August 17

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Filling in for Brian this week. Lots of films opening here in the Big Apple, but I doubt I’ll see any of them, at least in a theater, so I’ll skip the personal interest factor. And remember, no 32-ounce sodas.

Opened on Wednesday:

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Director: Peter Hedges
Seems to be targeting the slender “married couples who can’t have kids” market.
Metacritic Score: 48

Opening today:

The Awakening
Director:

I like ghost stories, and I like Rebecca Hall, but this is getting wan reviews. I’ll probably end up renting it.
Metacritic: 52

Compliance
Director: Craig Zobel
Drama set in a fast-food restaurant. Has Metacritic reviews ranging from 91 to 12, so who knows? Still averages the highest score of any movie opening this week.
Metacritic: 76

Cosmopolis
Director:
David Cronenberg
Normally I’d be up to see anything by Cronenberg, but I’m tired of movies about rich hedge fund managers and their absent souls and I absolutely don’t get Robert Pattinson. Will teenage girls wander into this, and then get completely confused?
Metacritic: 58

Paranorman
Director:
Chris Butler
I would have wanted to see this when I was a kid, as I loved monsters (I still do). But I’m old and jaded now, so the only way I’ll see this is if gets a nomination for Best Animated Film. And it might.
Metacritic: 73

Robot & Frank
Director:
Jake Schreier
Frank Langella forms an attachment with a personal-care robot. Could be interesting, but it probably won’t come out to the suburbs.
Metacritic: 62

Sparkle
Director:
Salim Akil
Musical that will be best known as the last work of Whitney Houston, even though she is not the lead. Instead, that goes to American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Call me a grouch, but I will never see a movie starring an American Idol winner–but wait! I did see From Justin to Kelly, because I have a crush on Kelly Clarkson.
Metacritic: 54

Also opening this week:

Beloved (French musical)
Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar? (doc about economy)
Chicken With Plums (French film set in Iran)
Ek Tha Tiger (Hindi-language film)
The Expendables 2 (second in the series featuring over-the-hill action stars)
The Green Wave (Persian-language documentary)
The Matchmaker (Hebrew-language film set in the ’60s)
Painted Skin: The Resurrection (Chinese sword and sorcery flick)
Speak (documentary about a toastmaster’s competition)
True Wolf (doc about a wolf being cared for by a couple of naturalists)
Why Stop Now? (drama starring Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg, and Tracy Morgan)

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

6 responses »

  1. Thanks for the pinch-hit. I’ll see Cosmopolis and probably Chicken with Plums out of this list, though neither one is playing here in Chicago yet. That’s probably it.

  2. I love the… ‘gusto’ … Slim put into his ‘pinch-hit’ openings.

    Robot and Frank. Who the H-E-double hockey sticks greenlights these things. Oh, right, someone had money, wanted to make a movie about a robot, needed a star, found Frank Langella, and it became a movie about ‘an old man and a robot’.

  3. I love the… ‘gusto’ … Slim put into his ‘pinch-hit’ openings.

    I certainly don’t put as much gusto into it as Brian. It’s a lot of fucking work, even without putting in the links to trailers and Metascore pages!

  4. Seriously, I remember when I filled in and an hour evaporated in no time. Brian is dedicated as hell to be doing it every week for 5+ years. Thanks, again!

  5. Yes, well, Jackrabbit Slim has a bigger job than I do, since he does openings in New York, which on any given week are far more numerous than here in Chicago (which in turn are more numerous than they were in Dallas). So I’ll give him props for that.

    Otherwise, I have a template that I use, so I just plug in directors, links, etc., and don’t fuss with the html codes. On a big week it still takes awhile but I have the process pretty well streamlined.

  6. I saw ‘Cosmopolis’ a couple of weeks ago almost inadvertently (the film I was originally going to see was sold out).

    Unusual and unconventional through it’s setting (mostly in a limo for two-thirds of a film) and it’s deliberately non-naturalistic dialogue, but can’t really recommend it.

    Ambitious in its aims and topics, but very little substantive or interesting comes from it apart from being obscure and pretentious. Only the segment with Samantha Morton I really got into. As for it’s treatment of topics like the Global Financial Crisis, as one review said, it all seemed very old hat in comparison with films like ‘Margin Call’.

    As for Pattinson, he’s OK but nothing special. Better actors probably would’ve done more with the role.

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