This weekend a wizard will go head to head with some Autobots and Decepticons. It’s magic versus metal. Wand versus wires. Broomsticks versus brawn. Puberty versus….uh….product placement?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: In this segment of the Harry Potter series, our young, magical friend and his lifelong foe, Voldemort, decide to put their wizardly differences behind them and open up a coffee shop called Witches’ Brew. But when Snape starts a rival coffee shop across the street from them on Diagon Alley, Harry and Voldy realize they’re in for more than they had planned! Spells are cast, coffee beans are grinded and we all learn a little something in the process. Look out for a cameo from every British actor in existence. This is playing at Prospect Park Pavilion, Cobble Hill Cinemas and United Artists on Court Street.
Captivity: Elisha Cuthbert stars as a fashion model who is kidnapped and terrorized by a sick lunatic. This movie ran an advertising campaign about which many complained, claiming that it was too graphic. The film then tried to pass it off like they were “too hardcore” for the general public. In reality, I think this movie is just going to be sucky for the general public. This is playing at CC Village East on Second Ave.
In select theaters, there are four other major releases:
Talk to Me: Don Cheadle stars as Petey Greene in this biopic about a radio DJ in the sixties who, despite his incendiary on-air personality, becomes a huge hit in Washington, DC. Between Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor, this movie’s already getting a lot of buzz in the acting department. This is playing at Union Square.
Interview: Steve Buscemi (recently spotted in Brooklyn by Chez JJP creator) directs and stars. Buscemi is a kick ass director (see Trees Lounge, Animal Factory) and this also stars Sienna Miller (hopefully getting the recognition she should’ve gotten for Factory Girl). Buscemi stars as a failing journalist who is forced to interview a famous pop star. This is officially my pick of the weekend and it’s playing at the Sunshine in Manhattan.
My Best Friend: I don’t know a whole lot about this except that it’s French, quirky and stars Daniel Auteuil, who seems to be in almost every French comedy these days (not that he isn’t funny).
Shortcut to Happiness: Alec Baldwin directed this almost three years ago and has since taken his name off of the directorial credit, replacing his with the name Harry Kirkpatric (like we wouldn’t find out, Alec). For what is apparently a piece of shit, it has quite a cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Bobby Cannavale and Amy Poehler. It also has less impressive actors like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jason “Keanu passed so here I am” Patric. Thank God Alec has been saved by Liz Lemon.
In addition to these, The Day the Earth Stood Still will be screened tonight at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dazed and Confused is playing at McCarren Park Pool on Tuesday and Barbarella is playing at midnight tomorrow night at the Landmark Sunshine. Sicko has expanded at this point and is now playing at both Cobble Hill Cinemas and Brooklyn Heights Cinemas, in addition to BAM.