Thursday, September 17, 2009

Weekend -- Meatballs, Soft-Serve and Corn!

By Chase Kahn

It's a very slow news day, so I'll just talk about this weekend a little bit, which resembles more of a fall release weekend than an August, this-movie-sucks, garbage dump of a weekend. What I mean by that is that there are 4 studio films releasing who all touch upon different demographics, a characteristic of a big movie weekend.

Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! (Warner Bros.) opens tomorrow in 2,500 screens, so go see it. Jennifer's Girl (20th Century Fox), the teen horror/satire/sex comedy mash-up written by Juno stripper-turned-writer Diablo Cody, will open and nobody will see it outside of Megan Fox worshippers, which means it will make a lot of money, unfortunately.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs will get the RealD glasses circulating again. The 3D animated adaptation of the beloved children's book is getting really good reviews so far, which just continues the trend of critics throwing softballs at any animated movie that doesn't suck. Monsters Vs. Aliens did suck, and still managed good reviews -- I'm still trying to figure that one out.

Rounding out the wide release studio fare is the Jennifer Aniston-Aaron Eckhart vehicle, Love Happens, which is cinematic soft-serve ice cream served in a giant mixing bowl with extra spoons. The only thing more on-the-nose than the title is the trailer -- plus it didn't even screen for critics -- so avoid at all costs. In fact, if you go see a movie this weekend, make sure your theater is no less than 50 feet from another theater playing Love Happens this weekend. If you're in the proximity area, don't make any sudden movements and quietly demand a refund.

Opening in limited release this week, at least in my humble abode, are:

Jane Campion's Bright Star (Review)
Guillermo Arriaga's The Burning Plain

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