I’m writing this from Gettysburg, visiting family. There’s nothing new this week I want to see, so there’s no problem there.
The big new opening this weekend is Transcendence (44), D.P. Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, starring Johnny Depp as a man whose brain is uploaded into a computer. Ironically, this was the plot of The Simpsons just last Sunday, and I’m sure that The Simpsons was better. Most critics are calling the film pretty dumb. It’s interesting that Johnny Depp only has hits when he’s in some bizarre costume. Peter Hartlaub: “Transcendence looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware.”
Also in wide release is A Haunted House 2 (19), which was not screened for critics, but some must have bought their own tickets. Jenni Miller: “In the running for worst film of the year… and it’s only April.”
For those who like nature docs, there’s Bears (68), which is pretty self-explanatory. If I had kids I’d take them, rather to some dumb second-rate animated film. Michael Rechtstaffen: :Disneynature’s Bears combines sweeping vistas and remarkably intimate wildlife photography to typically stirring effect.”
There are 24 limited release films opening this week. I guess the most prominent is Fading Gigolo (56), written and directed by John Turturro, who plays a gigolo, pimped by none other than Woody Allen. Kyle Smith: “With Fading Gigolo, writer-director-star John Turturro does a passable imitation of a mediocre Woody Allen sex comedy, and guess who tags along for this would-be romp?”
Also this week: The Final Member (67), about an Icelandic museum that preserves genitalia; Proxy (60), a thriller; Soft in the Head (64), a film directed by Nathan Silver (not the numbers guy, apparently); and Manakamana (87), a documentary about pilgrims in Nepal.