CATEGORIES Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, New Releases, Columns, Features, Indie Spotlight, Movie News, Columns, New Releases, CinematicalHere's a quick look at what's opening in limited release this weekend. If they're not playing where you live, keep an eye out as they make the rounds. And if all else fails, there's always DVD....
The Marc Pease Experience (pictured) is a comedy, allegedly, about a former high school musical star trying to recapture his glory, several years later, by teaming up with his old director, who still teaches at the school and is sleeping with one of his female students. Jason Schwartzman, Ben Stiller, and Anna Kendrick star -- and so far every review is negative. (Cinematical's Will Goss has a review on the way, and he tells me it will be no exception.) Playing on about a dozen screens, not in New York or L.A. but Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Tampa, Phoenix, Philadelphia, etc.
Casi Divas comes to us from Mexico and is a quasi-satire about four young women competing to star in a film adaptation of a popular TV soap opera. The indication from the lukewarm reviews is that Hispanic audiences with some connection to the stereotypical Latina characters on display might find it funny, but it won't have much crossover appeal. Playing on a couple dozen screens in New York, Southern California, and South Florida.
My One and Only stars Renee Zellweger as a glamorous 1950s woman who goes on a road trip with her two sons in search of a new husband who can pamper her. It's based on the early life of actor George Hamilton, represented by one of the sons. The reviews are mostly positive, calling it amusing, slight, and forgettable but pleasant. In New York and L.A.
Five Minutes of Heaven -- why, I told you about this movie just the other day! (It's about a man confronting the man who killed his brother years ago, connected to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.) It's at 71% at Rotten Tomatoes, with the performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbit particularly singled out. Playing in New York, and also available through some cable and satellite On Demand systems.
World's Greatest Dad has had people talking ever since it premiered at Sundance. Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, it stars Robin Williams (I know, I know -- but he accidentally made a good movie this time!) as the father of a loathsome and vile teenager who suffers an embarrassing accident. The comedy is dark, dark, DARK, not to mention hilarious. Almost all of the reviews are positive, including Cinematical's Scott Weinberg's, which called it "admirably twisted." In New York, and on some On Demand systems.
Art & Copy is a documentary about advertising, featuring interviews with the creative minds that came up with some of the most successful campaigns of the last several decades. The reviews are mixed; Cinematical's James Rocchi, reviewing it at Sundance, observed that it barely scratches the surface of explaining what makes great ads so great. In New York, Seattle, Denver, and Chicago.
Sikandar, an Indian film with dialogue in Hindi, is a drama about a 14-year-old boy whose parents were killed by militants 10 years ago and who now finds a gun on a soccer field. Suspense ensues. Only a few reviews are in so far, two positive and one negative. Playing in the New York, L.A., and San Francisco areas.
Fifty Dead Men Walking is another one about the Irish "Troubles," about a young man recruited by the British police to spy on the IRA. It's based on a true story, and the real-life guy caused some troubles of his own last summer when he threatened legal action before the film's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. At Rotten Tomatoes, 86% of critics give it a thumbs-up. Playing on a couple dozen screens in the New York, Chicago, and Boston areas.