Opening in Chicago, 02/01


Another weekend, another dull slate of movies. Tough time of year, this.

Director Jonathan Levine has made a couple of movies that I’ve seen in The Wackness and 50/50, but I didn’t really think much of either one. It seemed like he was getting set to specialize in movies about insufferable douchebags, and now he’s back with Warm Bodies (trailer), about a girl who falls in love with a zombie. Man, am I tired of zombies, and I’ve made a point not to see most of the zombie movies out there. At least this time there’s a reason the male protagonist is a douchebag, I guess.

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin team up for Stand Up Guys (trailer), a movie about old gangsters reuniting for one last night of fun until one of them gets whacked. Perhaps all that needs to be said is that it got an Academy qualifying run back in December, which no one noticed thus resulted in absolutely no awards consideration whatsoever. Reviews are pretty terrible.

Sylvester Stallone stars in Bullet to the Head (trailer), which is probably more notable for being the return of director Walter Hill. It’s his first feature since Undisputed with Wesley Snipes, which I honestly don’t remember happening. Probably won’t remember this one in ten years, either. Reviews are of course not good, although they seem moderately better than Stand Up Guys, which probably tells you more about Stand Up Guys than Bullet to the Head.

In the arthouse world, Michael Apted brings the next installment of his Up series, 56 Up (trailer).

And waaaay down in Chatham opens urban teenage drama In the Hive, starring the late Michael Clarke Duncan and directed by Meteor Man himself, Robert Townsend.


3 responses »

  1. Stand Up Guys is depressing, low-rent trash stuffed with old age jokes that were already fossilized when these guys were still relevant.

  2. I likely would have enjoyed Warm Bodies a lot more (I didn’t necessarily enjoy it, it just wasn’t offensive), if it had come out before Zombieland.

  3. Oh, and,
    also, when she took the zombie to see her father, Malkovich-Malkovich, there should have been no hesitation on the part of the filmmakers. She should have said “He’s a zombie” (or when Malkovich-Malkovich figured it out) and Malkovich-Malkovich should have shot him immediately. That’s the point. “Corpses can change, humans can’t.”

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