Diagnosis: Film-Weekend of Mar. 25

Diagnosis: Film-Weekend of Mar. 25

This weekend there’s Sucker Punch, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 and a bunch of other films that you probably won’t be able to see because they’re all playing on too few screens. There’s also a film about a dysfunctional family that promises to be funny, but it has Sarah Silverman in it and I am not that big of a fan of her work in general. I dunno, folks. This is probably one of those weekends where I catch up with the films I’ve missed from the previous weeks. What say you? What are you watching this weekend?

Films after the jump.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules (2011) DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES

Directed By: David Bowers
Written By: Gabe Sachs & Jeff Judah
Starring: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick and Robert Capron
Release Date: March 25, 2011 (3,167 screens)
Synopsis: Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.

Thoughts: The first one flew completely under my radar. This one looks like it’s fun, but ultimately not my type of thing.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Sucker Punch (2011) SUCKER PUNCH

Directed By: Zack Snyder
Written By: Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya
Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Abbie Cornish
Release Date: March 25, 2011 (3,033 screens)
Synopsis: A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.

Thoughts: And already the terrible reviews roll in. This looks to be an all style-no-substance romp where you check your brain in at the door and just lose a couple of hours to some skimpy outfits.

Diagnosis: Eventually.

The 5th Quarter (2010) THE 5TH QUARTER

Directed By: Rick Bieber
Written By: Rick Bieber
Starring: Ryan Merriman, Aidan Quinn and Andie MacDowell
Release Date: March 25, 2011 (123 screens)
Synopsis: Driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen year old brother Luke, and wearing Luke’s number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history.

Thoughts: I can’t get into sports films in general, so this is a complete pass from me. It’s also got way too much in the melodrama department and feels like a Lifetime channel made for TV movie. But, it’s probably a solid effort and if that’s your thing, I suggest you give it a watch.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Illegal (2010) ILLEGAL (2011)

Directed By: Olivier Masset-Depasse
Written By: Olivier Masset-Depasse
Starring: Anne Coesens, Alexandre Gontcharov and Milo Masset-Depasse
Release Date: March 25, 2011 (1 screen)
Synopsis: Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested. Mother and son are separated and Tania is placed in a detention center. She will do anything to be reunited with her son but won’t manage to avoid threats of deportation.

Thoughts: The trailer grabs me somewhat, but since it’s only playing in one screen, I’ll probably be just fine waiting for it to hit Netflix.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Mia and the Migoo (2011) MIA AND THE MIGOO (MIA ET LE MIGOU)

Directed By: Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Written By: Benoît Chieux & Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Starring: Dany Boon, Garance Lagraa and Charlie Girerd
Release Date: March 25, 2011 (1 screen)
Synopsis: Jacques-Remy Girerd, acclaimed director of La Prophetie Des Grenouilles, returns to write and direct this animated fantasy adventure following a young girl as she encounters the Migou, a strange creature who teaches her about a sacred tree that is essential to all life on the planet. Young Mia lives on an island that is currently being transformed into a lavish resort by an unscrupulous real estate developer. Her father Pedro is one of the laborers charged with constructing the resort, though lately the project has been beset by a series of mysterious problems. Those problems become rather serious when Pedro winds up buried in a tunnel after a massive landslide, and Mia races though the jungle to aid in the rescue mission. [Read More…]

Thoughts: Box Office Mojo lists American voice actors for this, and IMDB has no information that I could find about them lending their voices to this. So, I’m going to assume that there’s a dub that’s playing on one screen or I have my information completely wrong. Looks interesting either way, and I’m always up for 2D animation.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

Miral (2011) MIRAL

Directed By: Julian Schnabel
Written By: Rula Jebreal
Starring: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass and Willem Dafoe
Release Date: March 25, 2011 (4 screens)
Synopsis: A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Thoughts: The trailer does a decent enough job at giving you an idea of what the film is going to be about. I’m just not really interested in seeing this anytime soon.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Peep World (2011) PEEP WORLD

Directed By: Barry W. Blaustein
Written By: Peter Himmelstein
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman and Rainn Wilson
Release Date: March 25, 2011 (3 screens)
Synopsis: On the day of their Father’s 70th birthday party, four siblings come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling, that exposes the family’s most intimate secrets.

Thoughts: This looks kind of fun, actually. Or maybe I’m just attracted to movies with large helpings of disfunction. Although, I could see this easily going the other direction and just being an un-clever film version of Arrested Development. But is that necessarily a bad thing?

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

Potiche (2011) POTICHE

Directed By: François Ozon
Written By: François Ozon
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Fabrice Luchini
Release Date: March 25, 2011 (7 screens)
Synopsis: When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover (Depardieu), a former union leader.

Thoughts: Saw this trailer before Certified Copy and it admittedly sparked my interest.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

White Irish Drinkers (2011) WHITE IRISH DRINKERS

Directed By: John Gray
Written By: John Gray
Starring: Nick Thurston, Geoffrey Wigdor and Stephen Lang
Release Date: March 25, 2011 (5 screens)
Synopsis: Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert.

Thoughts: This looks infinitely better than Kill The Irishman, but the trailer loses points for relying WAY too much on noises and flash edits to ramp up excitement. Or at least these trailer techniques feel like a crutch in this instance. Still, I’m curious to see.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

  • I could see this easily going the other direction and just being an un-clever film version of Arrested Development. But is that necessarily a bad thing?

    I guess it’s a bad thing if it’s un-clever. :p

    And yeah, I was looking forward to Sucker Punch, actually, but the reviews I’ve read have doused my interest pretty completely. I don’t mind all style in general, but sounds like it’s just not put together well and a few reviews have called it mean-spirited, which I’m not a fan of at all.

    Miral has a great director (his Diving Bell and the Butterfly was one of my favorites that year), but festival reviews have almost universally panned it. So yeah, definitely waiting for DVD or Instant on that.

    • I’m pretty much 100% in agreement. I don’t really want to see something that’s haphazardly put together, even if it’s super-stylish and full of awesome imagery. I didn’t catch the “mean-spirited” aspect from the reviews, but hearing that makes me want to see it even less. Sounds like it’s also attempting to be deeper than it actually is, or at least that’s what the AICN guys are going on about.

      • The AICN article was interesting – I can understand in general his argument, I just wonder if it applies to this film as much as he thinks it does. If Kurt or Matt or Marina had made the “interesting failure” argument, I would’ve bought it completely and gone to see the film, because I like interesting failures. But I don’t trust AICN against overwhelming negativity from people I do trust.

        • Just re-read the article, and yeah, I’m not sure about those comparisons, especially weighed against the much better arguments I read over at Row Three and Twitch. But–this has been on my mind some–can these same arguments against the film be flung against the latest Resident Evil film? I mean, we went to see that twice and perhaps that’s all this is. Just some bit of uber-shlock without Milla to make it full of “teh awesome.”

          I’m conflicted. I kind of wanted this to be really good, because the visual style is right up my alley.

  • I could see this easily going the other direction and just being an un-clever film version of Arrested Development. But is that necessarily a bad thing?

    I guess it’s a bad thing if it’s un-clever. :p

    And yeah, I was looking forward to Sucker Punch, actually, but the reviews I’ve read have doused my interest pretty completely. I don’t mind all style in general, but sounds like it’s just not put together well and a few reviews have called it mean-spirited, which I’m not a fan of at all.

    Miral has a great director (his Diving Bell and the Butterfly was one of my favorites that year), but festival reviews have almost universally panned it. So yeah, definitely waiting for DVD or Instant on that.

    • I’m pretty much 100% in agreement. I don’t really want to see something that’s haphazardly put together, even if it’s super-stylish and full of awesome imagery. I didn’t catch the “mean-spirited” aspect from the reviews, but hearing that makes me want to see it even less. Sounds like it’s also attempting to be deeper than it actually is, or at least that’s what the AICN guys are going on about.

      • The AICN article was interesting – I can understand in general his argument, I just wonder if it applies to this film as much as he thinks it does. If Kurt or Matt or Marina had made the “interesting failure” argument, I would’ve bought it completely and gone to see the film, because I like interesting failures. But I don’t trust AICN against overwhelming negativity from people I do trust.

        • Just re-read the article, and yeah, I’m not sure about those comparisons, especially weighed against the much better arguments I read over at Row Three and Twitch. But–this has been on my mind some–can these same arguments against the film be flung against the latest Resident Evil film? I mean, we went to see that twice and perhaps that’s all this is. Just some bit of uber-shlock without Milla to make it full of “teh awesome.”

          I’m conflicted. I kind of wanted this to be really good, because the visual style is right up my alley.