As everyone prepares to evacuate the city in the next couple of days to go home, see family and drink their own body weight in red wine (or is that just my family?), here are several good excuses to get out of the house for two hours and hang out in a dark (and hangover-friendly) room. All of these movies, with the exception of Starting Out in the Evening, start tomorrow.
The Mist: Remember that movie The Fog? And the remake of the movie The Fog? I’m struggling to see how this is any different. Between these movies, Stephen King’s Storm of the Century, and (to some extent) The Day After Tomorrow, perhaps the term “meteorological horror” is not far off. We’ll get movies like Murder Puddle, Gust of Death and Put on a Jacket or You’ll Die. In any case, this is directed by Frank Darabont, who has already directed two more serious Stephen King projects (The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile). It’s actually getting decent reviews so far, and stars Tom Jane and Marcia Gay Harden. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street.
Hitman: I’ve never played this video game before, but I can say that the trailer for this adaptation, which features a bald Tim Olyphant shooting everything in the entire world, does not really inspire a whole lot of confidence. To be honest, I don’t really understand why they’re still adapting video games. Has there ever been a good one? Ever? And has it ever helped an actor’s career? Did Christopher Lambert win an Academy Award for his potrayal of Raiden in Mortal Kombat? Was Raul Julia showered with praise for his role in Street Fighter? Honestly, it says a lot about the video game adaptation genre that the best in the bunch had Dennis Hopper starring as King Koopa. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street.
August Rush: I was okay with this movie until about half way through the trailer. This is when a cowboy Robin Williams shows up, complete with dyed hair, sideburns, and a soul patch. Honestly, he looks so ridiculous that Mrs. Doubtfire might have inspired less laughter from the audience. The film also stars Keri Russell, Freddie Highmore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who I believe learned to act by starring at himself provocatively in the mirror. This is playing at the Pavilion and the United Artists on Court Street.
Enchanted: There is a kid inside me who still loves Disney. Although I haven’t been as impressed with them lately, this movie looks cute. Amy Adams stars as a cartoon princess who is cursed by a witch and ends up in real life New York City. It’s the kind of movie that you tell people your younger cousins made you see, even though they actually wanted to see Michael Clayton and kept calling you immature. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street and the Pavilion.
This Christmas: Another prematurely released Christmas movie. This one stars Regina King and Delroy Lindo, which is already an improvement on Vince Vaughn and a bunch of creepy looking elves. There will probably be a Christmas movie released every weekend until December 25th, so I guess we should all get used to them. This is playing at the Pavilion and the United Artists on Court Street.
Starting Out in the Evening: Someone needs to give Frank Langella an Oscar. He consistently plays assholes, but he’s always happy to do it. Here he plays an aging, grumpy writer who starts a friendship with a young writer (played by Lauren Ambrose). This does not open until Friday, and the showtimes are not up yet.
I’m Not There: Despite the gimmick (multiple actors portraying Bob Dylan), this is my pick of the week. Director Todd Haynes has an incredible career behind him (and ahead of him) featuring films like Safe, Velvet Goldmine and Far From Heaven. While I’m not normally a fan of biopics (I’m the guy who hated Walk the Line), this looks like it is told in a less linear and more interesting fashion. While I’m excited to see how the different actors take on Dylan, I’m especially excited to see David Cross as Allen Ginsberg. This is playing at Cobble Hill Cinemas.
Margot at the Wedding starts tomorrow at BAM. Also, the Big Lebowski is the midnight movie at the Sunshine on Friday, and everyone’s favorite psychopath, Crispin Glover, has invited everyone to spend Thanksgiving with him at the IFC Centre, where he is premiering his new film called It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. It also starts tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!