There’s only one major release this weekend, and I think it’s going to tank due to lack of advertising and general disinterest.
Shrek 3 – Hey, feel like another Shrek movie? No? Tough shit! In this third installment, Shrek finally realizes that the shtick of the Shrek series has been reduced to a bunch of bloated, tired pop-culture references and decides to drown himself in a swamp. Smash Mouth have signed on again, and are now covering themselves covering the Monkees song “I’m a Believer.” This is playing at Cobble Hill Cinemas in Brooklyn, as well as the Prospect Park cinema and the United Artists on Court Street.
Luckily, there are a few good things coming out in limited release.
Once – This was a big hit at Sundance, and is being labeled as a musical, but not a conventional one. It’s about a street performer in Dublin who meets a woman, and forms a relationship that results in the two recording together. It looks great and is my pick of the weekend. This is already playing at the Landmark Sunshine in Manhattan.
Severance – A group of coworkers from the sales division of an arms dealer go on a team-building excursion only to be hunted by a group of war-hungry soldiers. This kind of sounds like a Shaun of the Dead kind of movie, mixing British humor with obscene violence and gore. It’s already playing at the Angelika in Manhattan.
Brooklyn Rules – Alec Baldwin, Turtle from Entourage, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Mena Suvari star in a movie about gangsters in Brooklyn. It’s interesting that a movie with the word Brooklyn in the title is only playing in Manhattan. My guess is that Brooklyn saw the words Freddie Prinze Jr. and realized it was going to suck.
The Wendell Baker Story – Owen Wilson has had his chance to prove his writing chops with Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums. Now it’s Luke’s turn. Hey, they’re even giving their other brother Andrew the chance to co-direct with Luke. What a family! Luke stars as a conman who gets busted and winds up working at a retirement home. It also stars Harry Dean Stanton, who is awesome, and is starting to look like Keith Richards.
Fay Grim – Parker Posey stars in this follow up to Henry Fool from director Hal Hartley. Posey stars as the titular character, who finds out her outlaw husband isn’t quite the man she thought he was when he was and gets brought into a world of international espionage. Hal Hartley has made a career out of unconventional and often unnappealing characters. The thing that confuses me most about this movie is why my mother, who really enjoyed the Julia Stiles vehicle The Prince and Me (and it’s subsequent sequel – yeah, you heard me) saw the preview to Fay Grim and decided that she “really wanted to see it.” This is playing at the IFC Center.
And finally, for all those interested, playing a midnight show at the Landmark Sunshine tomorrow night, that’s right, it’s: