Bee Movie: Jerry Seinfeld is getting on my nerves. I remember when I saw the first Bee Movie teaser, in which Seinfeld was dressed up in a giant bee costume. It was amusing enough, and I thought that there was a chance that I would see the film, perhaps even in theaters. And then came the relentless commercials. Seinfeld went on every talk show known to man. He went on 30 Rock (who, in their infinite wisdom, managed to make his non-stop promotions funny). This happened. Then there was NBC Bee Movie Jr. That’s when shit got weird. Check out this short promo, where Jerry & Co. decide to hunt down animators at the border because the best animators in the world “are often foreigners.” I can’t figure out if it’s creepy, offensive or just plain unfunny. I will now never see Bee Movie and I’m going to kill as many yellow jackets as I can. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street, Cobble Hill Cinemas and the Pavilion.
American Gangster: After duds like Kingdom of Heaven and A Good Year, Ridley Scott hasn’t had a hit since 2001’s Black Hawk Down. After watching the trailer for this, I think it’s going to be both a critical and commercial success. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe star as a drug kingpin and a police detective in 1970’s New York. It’s based on the true story (isn’t everything these days?) of Frank Lucas, who was smuggling heroin in the coffins of Vietnam soldiers. The film also features a lot of rappers, including RZA, Common, and everyone’s favorite rhyme-maker and song stylist: Josh Brolin. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street, Cobble Hill Cinemas and the Pavilion.
Martian Child: John Cusack adopts a young, eccentric kid. Wackiness and touching moments ensue. Honestly, if John Cusack has enough influence and pull to get either Jeremy Piven or his sister Joan a role in every movie he has ever made, then why doesn’t he have the ability to choose better films? This movie looks a lot like I Am Sam not just because of the plot, but because it features good actors in an insultingly manipulative film. If you’re really hurting for a John Cusack movie, wait until December and see his upcoming (and much better looking) drama Grace is Gone. This is playing at the Pavilion.
Darfur Now: A documentary about the genocide taking place in Darfur, which was co-produced by Don Cheadle and George Clooney. Their website comes in the form of a myspace page, and can be found here. This is playing at the Angelika.
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten: Reading about this film I found that the director, Julien Temple, directed The Filth and the Fury, a good documentary about the Sex Pistols. He also directed the classic Earth Girls are Easy, a great documentary about several aliens who come to earth to have sex with Geena Davis. And for that reason, I’m making this my pick of the week. This documentary follows the career of The Clash front man Joe Strummer, and is already being hailed as an incredible punk documentary. It’s playing at the IFC Center.
Otherwise, the Landmark Sunshine is playing 24 Hour Party People as a midnight screening tomorrow night, and BAM will start playing Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead tomorrow.