Okay so the X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer told me that summer officially starts this weekend. And it’s kind of right. This weekend is X-Men. The next weekend is Star Trek. The weekend after that is Angels and Demons. Then Terminator Salvation. Then…uh…Night at the Museum 2. Then Up. Then The Hangover. Whatever. There will be a big blockbuster to see in theaters almost every weekend for a while. At Brooklyn Skeptic we’ll tell you about those, but also about some other movies that might not be on your radar.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Wolverine’s spin-off from the X-Men trilogy is finally here. Even though it’s already been there. Reviews online haven’t been too good so far, but somehow I think this is still going to be a pretty big hit. There are plenty of new characters, including Deadpool and John Wraith, but the really exciting one is Gambit. The guy can manipulate kinetic energy. Which is awesome. And he throws deadly playing cards at people. And he can kick ass with a staff (I was a Donatello fan too). He’s played by Taylor Kitsch who plays Riggins on Friday Night Lights, a character about whom fellow Skeptic ChezJJP has said that if he were gay “he would devote his life to banging.” It’s playing at the Pavilion, Cobble Hill Cinemas and the United Artists on Court Street.
Battle for Terra: I watched the trailer for this one, and in addition to being pretty poorly animated, it seems to be about humans invading a planet full of tadpoles after Earth is destroyed. And Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood appropriately provide the voices of the tadpoles. It’s playing at Cinema Village East in Manhattan.
The Limits of Control: Jim Jarmusch’s new film was shot in Spain, and apparently inspired by Point Blank. The film stars Isaach De Bankolé, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Gael García Bernal. So it’s a pretty awesome cast. Unfortunately, the reviews haven’t been great so far. I can’t make heads or tails of the plot from the trailer, but it does look like another patient and beautifully shot Jarmusch movie. It’s playing at the Angelika.
Ghost of Girlfriends Past: Oh fuck me not more Matthew McCoughnedick. This time he plays a Scrooge-like character (but obviously a Scrooge who gets, like, a ton of pussy) who is shown the error of his ways when he gets to revisit the girl who got away, played by Jennifer Garner. Michael Douglas is in it too. And Breckin Meyer. Poor, poor Breckin Meyer. I hope that Breckin Meyer plays Tiny Tim and beats McCoughnedick to death with his crutches. It’s playing at the United Artists on Court Street.
I Can See You: I just read a review for this in the New York Times. Sounds great. Easy choice for pick of the week, but I’m a horror nerd. Check out the review and see for yourself. It starts today at the Kraine Theater in the East Village. I’ve never been there before, but it sounds great.
There is also a midnight screening of 200 Motels, a movie that I’ve never seen that was written and directed by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer, and a midnight showing of Kubrick’s Lolita at the IFC Center. Both screenings are this Friday, May 1st.