The Eye: This seems to be the formula for remaking Japanese horror movies:
Re-write the script in (poor) English
Hire a hot actress (Naomi Watts, Jennifer Connelly, Sarah Michelle Gellar, etc.)
Make it PG-13 instead of R
Make millions of dollars despite a lack of originality and integrity
In this one, a woman gets a double corneal transplant and starts seeing supernatural things. The film serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of being an eye donor.
This is playing at the Pavilion and United Artists on Court Street.
Over Her Dead Body: Oh Paul Rudd. You had a good run. I feel like it took a while for you to figure out that you were funny, but you did, and you made some funny friends who actually made good movies. But now you’re in Over Her Dead Body, a stupid looking romantic comedy about a woman who is haunted by her lover’s dead wife. Movies with walking and talking apparitions very rarely work (thank you, Mr. Swayze) and this looks about as bad as Just Like Heaven, Reese Witherspoon’s last dip into this pseudo-genre. Another bad sign? Jason Biggs plays Rudd’s “wacky” friend. This is playing at the Pavilion.
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour: I don’t really know what this is, and I don’t care to.
Strange Wilderness: A group of likeable morons inherit a nature program and start to screw it up. In fear of being cancelled, they decide to track Bigfoot. Adam Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison (clever), recently made the Adam Sandler-less Grandma’s Boy which, despite Allen Covert being a terrible leading man, had its laughs. The trailer for this one looks amusing enough, but there are a few things that are worrisome, mainly that the writers have also written films like Black Knight, Without a Paddle, Say It Isn’t So and Dickie Roberts: Former Childhood Star. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street.
Caramel: Five Lebanese women work in a beauty salon. I saw the trailer and I believe that one of the women falls in love with a man after waxing his eyebrows. Which is hot. This was Lebanon’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. This is playing at the Angelika.
Otherwise, The Landmark Sunshine is having a midnight screening of The Royal Tenenbaums tonight. It’s my pick of the week. And in case you’ve still missed some of the Oscar Nominees, they’re basically all playing somewhere in Brooklyn, mostly at BAM or Cobble Hill Cinemas.