The two most awkward people on television team up for a rom-com this week, but there’s other things to keep yourself entertained in the theater if you’re not feeling Date Night. A few interesting horror flicks and some rock history round off the pack of new releases. Let’s get to it.
Date Night – Man, there have been just an assload of romantic comedies this Spring, and lord have they sucked. Just endless meet cutes and misunderstandings and nonsense. This is looking like a little different offering, promising more action and less fluttering eyelashes. It doesn’t hurt that the leads are 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey and The Office‘s Steve Carell. Neither of them have really made it work on the big screen (with the exception of The 40 Year Old Virgin), but this could be the next-level step for both. A sweet supporting cast including the maniacal James Franco is just more reason to catch this one.
The Black Waters Of Echo’s Pond – Okay, that’s kind of an ungainly title, but this indie horror flick looks like it has potential. When an ancient evil (my favorite kind!) gets unleashed from a mysterious board game, inhibitions fall away and we’ve got a double dose of sex and gore. There’s nothing unusual about the arc of this movie, from what I’ve seen – you meet people and then they die – but it looks like it’s handled with a lot of gusto.
After.Life – Christina Ricci plays a girl who, after a gruesome car accident, is pronounced dead at the scene. But when she wakes up on a mortician’s slab, things get really weird. He convinces her that she is actually dead and in the process of transitioning to the afterlife. But is he just playing a freaky game with a defenseless girl in her last moments? A great cast (including Liam Neeson as the funeral director) make this a hot ticket. Look for a review soon.
Who Do You Love – Leonard Chess is one of the most important and influential people in the history of rock & roll, bringing artists like Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy and more to the forefront. I’m not quite sure who the audience for this straightforward biopic is, but if you want to get your mind opened to some seriously deep tunes, give it a shot.
When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors – Johnny Depp narrates this documentary about Jim Morrison and his crew of reprobates that made up one of the most self-destructive rock bands of all time. With a bunch of undiscovered footage, this is getting rave reviews all over the map. I have to say that I think the Doors’ music kind of sucks, but they lived wildly at a crazy time in American history, so this is worth seeing.