At the multiplexes this weekend are two films, neither of which interest me at all. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (44) is a film about Vegas magicians. I’ve noted that I have not seen one promotional item for this film at all, though others have. I’m interested that Jim Carrey does not even appear on the poster. As A.O. Scott points out, it seems that Steve Carell is playing a part that calls out for Will Ferrell.
The other film opening big this weekend is The Call (52), which seems to indicate that the Oscar curse is still haunting Halle Berry.
Lots of action in the art houses this weekend, highlighted by Spring Breakers (64). There’s been a ton of press on this, especially considering it’s a Harmony Korine film, and his last was something called Trash Humpers. Of course, the press concerns the stars and Disney Channel refugees, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. I don’t know whether I’ll catch this in theaters, but you can bet I’ll see it on DVD, where I can use zoom and pause. I love this from Manohla Dargis, in the rating explanation: “Gun violence and enough naked breasts to supply material for a second Seth McFarlane song.”
Also in art houses is Ginger and Rose (69), a British film from Sally Potter starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert as girlfriends in the early ’60s; Upside Down, (41) a sci-fi film starring Kirsten Dunst; and If I Were You, (28) with Marcia Gay Harden.
Philip Roth: Unmasked (65) opened on Wednesday for a one-week run at Film Forum before airing on PBS’s American Masters series later this month. It’s part of the celebration of the novelist’s 80th birthday on March 19th. He is my favorite novelist, so I’ll hunt it down on television.