Since May 4th (the release of Spider-Man 3), there has been a new sequel or remake in major release every weekend for six weeks. This weekend we go into week seven of a nine week course with the release of yet another sequel. But don’t panic, there are some other fun and original releases this weekend.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: The only way they had any chance of continuing this franchise was to add the Silver Surfer. I saw the first one in theaters in North Carolina while visiting my grandparents at their retirement home. My grandparents were going to take a nap, so my options included getting out of the house and seeing a movie (F4 being the only one I hadn’t seen) or walking around a retirement home and maybe playing a pick-up shuffleboard game with an octegenarian. I wish I had chosen the latter. This movie will undoubtedly suck, but the Silver Surfer special effects look amazing. And where’s Galactus?
Nancy Drew: I love chubby children. From Chunk in The Goonies to the kid from Bad Santa, these kids just crack me up. And now comes another one. His name is Josh Flitter. I don’t really care about this movie beyond this little kid. I mean, look at him.
DOA: Dead or Alive: A bunch of hot women go to a secret fighting competition where it’s kill or be killed. This one is apparently so bad that it has been pushed back for over a year and even its cast members are down on it. Although this does have potential to be in the “so bad it’s good” category, this is definitely not worth admission price. It’s playing at the Loews on Third Ave.
Eagle vs. Shark: This one kind of looks like a kiwi Napoleon Dynamite, or is certainly being marketed that way. Jemaine Clement, who has a new show coming out on HBO, stars as Jarrod, a socially awkward electronics store salesman who falls for Lily, a fast food check-out girl. Although the trailer was funny, this is probably still just worth a rental. It’s playing at the Landmark Sunshine.
Fido: This is definitely my pick of the week. After Earth goes through a cloud of space dust, the dead starting walking the Earth again. We win a war against the zombies, and start employing them as servants. Kind of sounds like it could pick up where Shaun of the Dead left off. Sadly, this is only playing at the Angelika.