Huge, huge week for movies this time, and surprisingly several of them look like they’ll be worth seeing. So let’s skip the witty banter and get right down to the first impressions.
Repo Men – Could this movie be any better-timed? With health care reform currently being knocked around the Senate, people are naturally a little terrified about how they’re going to pay for medical care. This dystopian sci-fi thriller posits a world where artificial organs are available on credit from a monolithic corporation – but if you don’t make your payments, they send out the Repo Men to hunt you down and take your guts by force. But when one such agent finds himself on the wrong side of the system, things get buckwild. Great cast (Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schrieber, the RZA), amazing premise – this is the one to start your weekend with. Watch the trailer.
The Runaways – The actual true story of this seminal all-girl Los Angeles band is a pretty amazing one, so let’s hope the screen adaptation keeps all the grime and sleaze intact. Joan Jett and Cherie Currie rise from Hollywood street trash to rock and roll legends, under the wing of legendary impresario and complete lunatic Kim Fowley. Starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, and yes, the pair have a lesbian make-out scene. Suck on that, Edward Cullen!
The Bounty Hunter – Hey, you know what we haven’t done in a while? Make a Jennifer Aniston movie! So quoth Hollywood as they knocked out yet another flick starring the most perplexing actress in the world. Has anybody reading this seen anything Jennifer Aniston has been in since Office Space? Even the presence of Heavy all-star Gerard Butler isn’t pulling me into this rom-com about a bounty hunter pursuing his bail-jumping ex-wife. Watch the trailer.
Hubble 3D – Space freaks me out, man – there’s so freaking much of it! So this epic IMAX three-dee saga of the little space telescope that could might just make me have a panic attack right in the theater. From launches to repairs to amazing footage of distant galaxies, this is the definitive space experience.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid – This is based on a series of books that sold like sixteen bazillion copies, proving that we are indeed raising a generation of scrawny Bill Gates-alikes. Nice work, America. Look for my upcoming indie comedy, Diary Of A Big Stupid Kid That Beats The Crap Out Of Wimpy Kids, at Sundance next year.