This weekend we’ve got the jellybean-shitfest that is Hop, the horrifyingly lame Insidious as well as a completely cut up version of The King’s Speech. Source Code is also playing this weekend, which is my personal choice for viewing this weekend. What are you guys seeing? Do any of these films stand out to you? Let us know in the comments!
Films after the jump.
Directed By: Tim Hill
Written By: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Starring: Russell Brand, James Marsden and Elizabeth Perkins
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (3,570 screens)
Synopsis: E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band. In LA, he’s taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.
Thoughts: We can now add this to the list of CG-blandimations you couldn’t pay me to see. I mean…the bunny shits jellybeans. Ugh.
Diagnosis: Pass x 1000.
Directed By: James Wan
Written By: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (2,408 screens)
Synopsis: A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
Thoughts: From the creators of Paranormal Activity and Saw…
Diagnosis: Netflix Instant
Directed By: Tom Hooper
Written By: David Seidler
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (1,011 screens)
Synopsis: The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Thoughts: So, apparently this is an edited down version to fit the PG-13 rating. The biggest question is why anyone would want to watch this without that delightful swearing scene…
Directed By: Duncan Jones
Written By: Ben Ripley
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (2,961 screens)
Synopsis: An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.
Thoughts: I really enjoyed Duncan Jones’ previous film Moon, and the trailer for this looks interesting. I’m definitely planning on seeing this this weekend.
Diagnosis: Want to see.
Directed By: John Stockwell
Written By: Nick Ball & John Niven
Starring: Paz Vega, Janet McTeer and Christopher McDonald
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (103 screens)
Synopsis: When a sexy, high-end escort holds the key evidence to a scandalous government cover-up, two bumbling young detectives become her unlikely protectors from a ruthless assassin hired to silence her.
Thoughts: Despite the explosions and groovy music, this trailer doesn’t really grab me. Kind of like the later seasons of Chuck. And this doesn’t even have Yvonne Strahovski.
Directed By: Aaron Schock
Written By: Mark Becker
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (1 screen)
Synopsis: Tino Ponce operates Circo Mexico, which journeys across the Mexican countryside in search of paying customers. Wanting to please his father and continue the family business, Ponce has recruited his young children as performers while laboring night and day to maintain the circus’s faltering financial fortunes. But a growing resentment brewing within his wife about their hardscrabble existence suggests troubles on the horizon. While documenting the brutal regimen of circus life, Circo also peels back the curtain on the Ponce family’s inner dynamics, revealing generational divides and money worries that threaten to tear apart a marriage. Buttressed by indie-rock band Calexico’s evocative score, Schock’s film observes this family drama with a sympathetic but clear-eyed view of a vanishing way of life. And because Circo refuses to be sentimental in its handling of the material, the story’s twists become all the more poignant.
Thoughts: Not really my cup of tea.
Directed By: Susanne Bier
Written By: Anders Thomas Jensen
Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm and Markus Rygaard
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (4 screens)
Synopsis: The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Thoughts: Sort of like Miral earlier and Circo above, this looks like quality filmmaking, but I’m just not all that interested in seeing it in the near future.
Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.
Directed By: Hyung-rae Shim
Written By: Hyung-rae Shim
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Jason Mewes and Blake Clark
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (58 screens)
Synopsis: A Mafia boss trains his mentally impaired son as his successor.
Thoughts: It’s a screwball mafia comedy…with Harvey Keitel.
Diagnosis: Curious to see.
Directed By: Caroline Bottaro
Written By: Caroline Bottaro
Starring: Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline and Valérie Lagrange
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (6 screens)
Synopsis: Sandrine Bonnaire and Kevin Kline (in his first French-speaking role) shine in this sophisticated feel-good comedy set in idyllic Corsica. Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène’s newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the process.
Thoughts: Saw the trailer to this before Certified Copy awhile back. Looks like it’s well done, but again not something I’m really all that anxious to see.
Directed By: Quentin Dupieux
Written By: Quentin Dupieux
Starring: Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida and Wings Hauser
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (5 screens)
Synopsis: When Robert, an inanimate tire, discovers his destructive telepathic powers, he soon sets his sights on a desert town; in particular, a mysterious woman becomes his obsession.
Thoughts: Saw this during AFI Fest last year and absolutely loved it. Rubber has all the trappings of a bad B movie surrounded by an existential look into the nature of film itself. You would do well to see this film if it plays near you.
Diagnosis: Go see it!
Directed By: James Gunn
Written By: James Gunn
Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (11 screens)
Synopsis: After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.
Thoughts: Ellen Page as a psychotic Robin-esque sidekick? Count me in!
Diagnosis: Want to see!
Directed By: David Schwimmer
Written By: Andy Bellin & Robert Festinger
Starring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Liana Liberato
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (28 screens)
Synopsis: A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.
Thoughts: Ross from Friends directs this look into online sexual predators. While this looks like a much higher calibre of drama than one would expect, it still feels like it would have been more relevant of a film 5-10 years ago.
Diagnosis: Netflix Instant
Directed By: Michael Greenspan
Written By: Christopher Dodd
Starring: Adrien Brody, Caroline Dhavernas and Ryan Robbins
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (1 screen)
Synopsis: A man trapped in a car wreck at the bottom of a ravine must overcome incredible odds to survive.
Thoughts: The trailer gives away a major plot point, so if you’re the type that’s still into “the journey” of the characters, then you’ll be fine with this. As it is, I’ve seen all I need to see and will probably not be watching this anytime soon. That said, this looks like it might be a really stellar performance from Brody.