Zach Braff, Larry the Cable Guy, Robert Carlyle, Lindsay Lohan. Who knew that one day these people would become bankable enough stars to open films during a May blockbuster weekend? Even though Spider-Man 3 will undoubtedly rule the box office again, these four flicks will all have very different audiences and will try their best to feast on the spider’s leavings.
The Ex – Zach Braff stars with Amanda Peet in a movie about a couple with relationship problems. He starts working with Jason Bateman, a disabled guy who was a high school boyfriend of Braff’s wife. High jinks ensue. This movie looks annoying and mean-spirited. The only place I could find it playing was Union Square. Jason Bateman deserves better. Charles Grodin is in it though. I weirdly love Charles Grodin. And he hasn’t been in a movie since 1994. If you don’t remember him, here’s a picture of him holding Kermit the Frog hostage.
Delta Farce – Just when you thought a Larry the Cable Guy title couldn’t get any dumber than Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector, along comes Delta Farce, a clever pun on Delta Force. If you see this movie, we’re no longer friends. Seriously, I will never talk to you again. I’m not even going to tell you where it’s playing. Git ‘er done yourself.
28 Weeks Later – This is my pick of the week. But it may not be yours. I know the idea of a sequel to 28 Days Later seems stupid, especially when it doesn’t involve anyone from the original cast or crew, but this is actually getting decent reviews, and come on, who doesn’t like a good zombie movie? This is playing at several places in Brooklyn, including Cobble Hill Cinemas, United Artists on Court Street and the theater on Prospect Park West.
Georgia Rule – This movie got a lot of hype because Lindsay Lohan got publicly bitch-slapped by the CEO of Morgan Creek for endangering the quality of the film and acting like a “spoiled child.” I think most people who show up to this movie will just be looking for patches of white powder under Lohan’s nose. Jane Fonda on the other hand was a huge star, and now, with her recent comeback in Monster in Law, has clearly captured the hearts and minds of a whole new generation of young women who also find Ted Turner dreamy.
In limited release, there’s The Hip Hop Project. It’s getting some attention because Bruce Willis is one of the executive producers. It’s a documentary about kids growing up and using hip hop as a vehicle for development. It’s playing at the Angelika.
Waitress has expanded into Brooklyn and is now playing at both BAM and Cobble Hill Cinemas. And finally, Creature from the Black Lagoon is playing at the Landmark Sunshine at midnight on Friday. Aside from that, there’s really no reason to leave Brooklyn this weekend.