Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of April 29

Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of April 29

This is an odd weekend for film as there’s not a whole lot out and the quality varies dramatically. You’ve got the fifth installment of the Fast series, as well as a comic book adaptation that looks questionable at best. Werner Herzog’s 3D masterpiece debuts this weekend and proves that 3D can be done well. 13 Assassins is also out in limited release and it’s probably the best one you could possibly see. Planning on seeing anything this weekend? If so, let us know in the comments. Would love to get some discussion on these films!

Films after the jump!

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011)DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT

Directed By: Kevin Munroe
Written By: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer
Starring: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem and Sam Huntington
Release Date: April 29, 2011 (862 screens)
Synopsis: The adventures of supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Thoughts: Looks like we’ve found this year’s Constantine. On the other hand, this looks like it knows it’s ridiculous and has a sense of humor about itself.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Fast Five (2011)FAST FIVE

Directed By: Justin Lin
Written By: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson
Release Date: April 29, 2011 (3,643 screens)
Synopsis: Dominic and his crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent.

Thoughts: Didn’t hate the first film, but damn were those sequels terrible. This, looks like it might be alright in comparison and the word around the net is that it’s kinda good.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL

Directed By: Mike Disa
Written By: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards
Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close and Patrick Warburton
Release Date: April 29, 2011 (2,505 screens)
Synopsis: Red Riding Hood is training in the group of Sister Hoods, when she and the Wolf are called to examine the sudden mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.

Thoughts: Needed two people to write, and looks like it was made in a weekend. What garbage. Don’t subject your kids to this bullshit.

Diagnosis: Emphatic Pass.

Prom (2011)PROM

Directed By: Joe Nussbaum
Written By: Katie Wech
Starring: Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell and DeVaughn Nixon
Release Date: April 29, 2011 (2,730 screens)
Synopsis: A group of teenagers get ready for their high school prom.

Thoughts: There’s a demographic for this, and I am not a part of it. If the prom doesn’t involve Jason Biggs making love (poorly) to pie or some kind of slasher horror element, I don’t care.

Diagnosis: Pass.

13 Assassins (2010)13 ASSASSINS

Directed By: Takashi Miike
Written By: Kaneo Ikegami, Daisuke Tengan
Starring: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Yûsuke Iseya
Release Date: April 29, 2011 (3 screens)
Synopsis: A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Thoughts: Saw this at AFI Fest last November and enjoyed it. A bit of a slow burn in the beginning, but the end more than makes up for it. If you can get to any of the 3 screens it’s playing at, please do so.

Diagnosis: Must See!

The Arbor (2011)THE ARBOR

Directed By: Clio Barnard
Written By:
Starring: Kate Rutter, Christine Bottomley and George Costigan
Release Date: April 27, 2011 (1 screens)
Synopsis: Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

Thoughts: As with most documentaries, I’ll catch it if and when it reaches Netflix. Not big on going to the documentaries in theaters. That said, this one looks interesting.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS

Directed By: Werner Herzog
Written By: Werner Herzog, Judith Thurman
Starring: Werner Herzog, Dominique Baffier and Jean Clottes
Release Date: April 29, 2011 (5 screens)
Synopsis: Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.

Thoughts: The best use of 3D technology yet, Cave is quite a wonder to behold. Saw it at AFI Fest and quite enjoyed it. Check it out if you get a chance.

Diagnosis: Must See!

Exporting Raymond (2011)EXPORTING RAYMOND

Directed By: Philip Rosenthal
Written By: Philip Rosenthal
Starring: Philip Rosenthal and Aleksandr Zhigalkin
Release Date: April 29, 2011
Synopsis: A documentary on Phil Rosenthal’s experiences during the making of “Voroniny,” the Russian-language version of “Everybody Loves Raymond”.

Thoughts: This actually looks more amusing than Everybody Loves Raymond. But hey, I could say that about most laugh-track sitcoms out now (How I Met Your Mother almost being an exception). Did I mention that I thought Everybody Loves Raymond was terrible?

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Lebanon, Pa. (2010)LEBANON, PA.

Directed By: Ben Hickernell
Written By: Ben Hickernell
Starring: Josh Hopkins, Samantha Mathis and Mary Beth Hurt
Release Date: April 29, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: Will (Josh Hopkins), a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ (Rachel Kitson), his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ’s married teacher (Samantha Mathis) and CJ confronts her conflicted father, both struggle with formidable decisions about the path their lives will take. Can we vault our differences and meet in the middle? This bittersweet comic drama tenderly explores the cultural divide in America through the lives of one extended family.

Thoughts: This looks like it might be alright. Not digging the trailer all that much, thought.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

IFC On Demand

Not entirely sure how this section will evolve, but I wanted to highlight films that are coming out this weekend on On Demand, or that have already come out at some point this week. So far I’ve only been able to consistently find upcoming info for IFC. As I figure out more, I’ll add them.

Stake Land (2010)STAKE LAND

Release Date: April 27, 2011
Directed By: Jim Mickle
Written By: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
Starring: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici and Kelly McGillis

Synopsis: Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in an empty pit of economic and political disaster. A vampire epidemic has swept across what is left of the nation’s abandoned towns and cities, and it’s up to Mister, a death dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to get Martin safely north to Canada, the continent’s New Eden.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

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