District 9

Peter Jackson produced this film about extraterrestrials being held on Earth in slum-like conditions while some evil corporation tries to figure out how the technology of their space craft works. Cool idea, even if it does seem a bit like Alien Nation, and that shot where you first see the alien craft is pretty sweet. Please note that the version William Goss posted the other day does not blur the alien's face and provides subtitles to translate what he is saying. The film opens on August 14.

Tetro

Francis Ford Coppola's latest film is about a young man who travels to Buenos Aires to find his brother, a tortured geniius and playwright who cut himself off from the rest of a family a decade earlier. The black and white cinematography looks gorgeous and this looks like one worth seeking out. Sadly, as this will only be getting a limited released on June 11, most of us will probably have to wait for the DVD.

Humpday

This indie comedy takes the whole bromance thing further than most films. Two old college friends reunite after ten years, one thing leads to another, and they decide to take part in an amateur porn contest as two straight men having sex with each other. Erik gave the film a pretty strong recommendation and it opens on July 10.






They Came From Upstairs - A typical American family must fight alien invaders in this awful looking family-oriented comedy. This reminds me of all those Spielberg imitators from the 1980s. There's even a shot of an alien climbing out of a toilet (yes, high brow stuff indeed) that is culled from the Ghoulies video box cover. IMDB is listing this under the title Aliens in the Attic, but regardless of the title I will be avoiding this one when it hits on July 31.

Doghouse
- In this latest variation on the beaten to death zombie genre, a group of men head to a remote village with a predominantly female population to help out a recently divorced friend only to find that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them deranged cannibals. This British horror comedy reminds me a bit of Lesbian Vampire Killers and both movies are obviously inspired by Shaun of the Dead. Might be worth a look for horror buffs. No U.S. release information yet (it's opening June 12 in the U.K.), but I'm betting this one goes straight to DVD on this side of the pond.

New this week on AOL Moviefone:

  • Paper Heart - A film about a girl making a film that proves or disproves the existence of love.
  • H2: Halloween 2 - Rob Zombie's sequel to his remake of Halloween.
  • 9 - Post-apocalyptic animated feature produced by Tim Burton.
  • Taking Woodstock - Comedy based on the true story of Eliot Tiber whose dilapidated motel provided housing for the organizers of Woodstock.
  • A l'aventure - French language film about a woman who uses hypnotherapy, among other things, to explore a new world of sensuality.
  • GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra - Big budget effects extravaganza based on the 80s cartoon that was inspired by the GI Joe toy line.