We’re closing out the shortest month of the year with a dogpile of movies. Whatever your taste, you’ll find something to love in the cinema this weekend. So let’s get to the new releases for our first opinions, shall we?
Cop Out - Kevin Smith‘s first time directing a movie he didn’t write is interesting enough to get me to the theater – I’m deeply curious as to how the iconoclastic Jersey boy can work with somebody else’s material. But throw in Tracy Morgan, one of the funniest comedians working today, and I’m there opening night. It’s pretty funny that Morgan has made his bones parodying Martin Lawrence and he’s basically now taking roles that are parodies of Martin Lawrence’s roles in films like Bad Boys. Throw in Bruce Willis and this should be a pretty fun ride.
The Crazies - Yes, it’s another horror remake, this time of a George Romero classic, but everything I’ve seen from The Crazies looks like they got everything right. A toxin in the water supply drives a small Midwestern town into a frantic orgy of uncontrollable violence – my favorite kind of orgy! While the original was a little unfocused, the new version is supposed to be a tight, sharp stab of violent suspense. I’ll have a review up soon.
Defendor - We caught this at the Toronto International Film Festival and loved it – now it’s time for you to get on the stick. Woody Harrelson, who has been having just a damn good year, stars as a demented middle-aged man who loses his mother and spins out into a superhero fantasy, donning a budget costume and fighting crime at night. Sure, it sounds like a budget Kick-Ass, but it’s totally worth seeing.
Prodigal Sons - You know how documentaries have to have hooks now? This one has a tackle box full of them. Transgendered filmmaker Kimberly Reed returns to Montana for the first time since her surgery, intending to document her small town’s reaction to her new identity. But things get very weird when she discovers her adopted brother is having an identity crisis of his own – discovering he’s the grandchild of Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles.
A Prophet - This Franco-Italian prison movie is getting rave reviews, and I have to say I’m intrigued by the premise. A 19 year old criminal arrives in prison and, to survive, apprentices himself to a Corsican crime lord who teaches him the ways of the true criminal. At nearly three hours long, this ain’t no date movie, but if you liked last year’s Bronson, this’ll be right up your alley.