While Harry Potter mania continues, and half of the population will probably spend the weekend reading, there are still some cinematic diversions worth checking out.
Hairspray: Remember when John Waters released this in the eighties with Divine and Ricki Lake? And then remember when they turned it into a Broadway musical? Well just in case you don’t, here it is again. This recycling process seems to be the new fad, as they’ve done this once already with the Producers, and there are talks of doing it with Spamalot. What’s next? The Wedding Singer? Legally Blonde? Hairspray is getting pretty good reviews, which has to be a surprise for Adam Shankman, the asshole who unleashed Bringing Down the House, Cheaper By the Dozen 2 (how did they think they could top the first one??) and everyone’s favorite Vin Diesel movie, The Pacifier. Somehow, I’m still going to vote nay on this one, and maybe rent the original again. This is playing at the Pavilion, Cobble Hill Cinemas and the United Artists on Court Street.
I Know Pronounce You Chuck and Larry: Two guys have to pretend to be a couple to get their pensions. The problem is…wait for it….they’re not gay! They’re totally dudely and not gay at all! So they have to pretend to be gay, but they’re not! They have to be all gay and stuff, when really they just want to be straight dudes. Get it? Straight dudes acting gay! Are you laughing yet? If the rest of this movie isn’t insultingly stupid enough for you, perhaps you’ll like Rob Schneider’s channeling of Mr. Yunioshi. This is playing at the Pavilion as well as the United Artists on Court Street.
Sunshine: Alex Garland and Danny Boyle team up again for a new sci-fi flick about a team of astronauts who have to revitalize the sun. While this plot sounds pretty stupid and similar to movies like The Core, Armageddon and Deep Impact, I have much more faith in this one. After all, Alex Garland and Danny Boyle brought us the awesomeness that was 28 Days Later (and not it’s inferior sequel). Also, I’ll see pretty much anything with Cillian Murphy. This is my pick of the week. It’s playing, appropriately enough, at the Landmark Sunshine.
There are also three opening in limited release.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane: I haven’t really heard anything about this movie. All I know is that it’s about teenagers, it’s a horror movie and it has a stupid title.
Cashback: This film is about an art student who works at a supermarket. It’s mounted a pretty decent advertising campaign for an indie movie with no stars, and the preview looked interesting enough. It’s playing at Quad Cinemas.
Goya’s Ghost: Milos Forman has made some great movies in the past, including Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The People vs. Larry Flynt. There are talented actors in this like Stellan Skarsgard and Javier Bardem. Goya is an interesting character. But honestly, I really just want to see this because it features Randy Quaid in a powdered wig. This is playing at the Angelika.
And that’s everything opening this weekend. Otherwise, Brooklyn Bridge Park is screening The Muppets Take Manhattan tonight, the Sunshine is playing a midnight show of Back to the Future tomorrow night, Bryant Park is screening The Sting on Monday, and McCarren Pool is screening Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains on Tuesday.