Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of April 8

Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of April 8

This week we get a dumb remake, an interesting action thriller, a sappy surfer flick, a stoner fantasy comedy, a film about Bill Hicks, a documentary about the 70s DIY film movement, an IMAX animal thing, an infuriating romantic comedy and Meek’s Cutoff. Really, that’s about it. The rest are mostly “whatever.” My money is on that action thriller, by the way.

What are you planning on seeing this weekend? What do you think based on the trailers? Do any of these look good? Sound off in the comments section!

Films after the jump!

Arthur (2011)ARTHUR

Directed By: Jason Winer
Written By: Peter Baynham
Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (3,200+ screens)
Synopsis: A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn’t like.

Thoughts: There’s a market for this, and I’m not it.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Hanna (2011)HANNA

Directed By: Joe Wright
Written By: Seth Lochhead & David Farr
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (2,500 screens)
Synopsis: A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Thoughts: This looks like the kind of film that’s right up my alley. And seriously…young girl assassin going after a lethal looking Cate Blanchett?! Count me in!

Diagnosis: Want to see!

Soul Surfer (2011)SOUL SURFER

Directed By: Sean McNamara
Written By: Sean McNamara & Deborah Schwartz
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (2,100 screens)
Synopsis: A teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack.

Thoughts: An inspiring tale of a young girl fighting against the odds, with a trailer that gives away every important plot point. This should save you some money at the box office.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Your Highness (2011)YOUR HIGHNESS

Directed By: David Gordon Green
Written By: Danny McBride & Ben Best
Starring: Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel and James Franco
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (2,600 screens)
Synopsis: When Prince Fabious’s bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her… accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous.

Thoughts: As far as fantasy films are concerned, this one looks slick. Still undecided on how soon I need to see this since I’m not terribly fond of Danny McBride. But Zooey is in this, albeit as the damsel in distress, and Natalie Portman looks like she’s going to kick ass eight ways to Sunday.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

American The Bill Hicks Story (2011)AMERICAN: THE BILL HICK’S STORY

Directed By: Matt Harlock & Paul Thomas
Written By:
Starring: Kevin Booth, John Farneti and Bill Hicks
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (1 screen)
Synopsis: Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

Thoughts: I can’t say I’ve ever heard or seen any of Bill Hick’s standup. I knew of him, but that’s about the extent of it. While leery of the photo-animated aspect, this looks like it could be a decent rental. Not only that, but it’s only playing on one screen.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Blank City (2011)BLANK CITY

Directed By: Celine Danhier
Written By:
Starring: Amos Poe, Ann Magnuson and Becky Johnston
Release Date: April 6, 2011 (1 screen)
Synopsis: During the punk rock stage in the late ’70s, downtown New York experienced a wave of “Do it yourself” independent filmmaking

Thoughts: A doc about DIY filmmaking in the 70s. I’m game. Shame it’s only playing on one screen.

Diagnosis: Want to see.

Born to Be Wild IMAX (2011)BORN TO BE WILD

Directed By: David Lickley
Written By: Drew Fellman
Starring: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick and Morgan Freeman
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (200+ screens)
Synopsis: Born to be loved. Born to be free.

Thoughts: Morgan Freeman narrates another doc about animals.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Ceremony (2011)CEREMONY

Directed By: Max Winkler
Written By: Max Winkler
Starring: Michael Angarano, Uma Thurman and Reece Thompson
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: A young guy crashes the wedding of the thirty-something woman he wants back.

Thoughts: For fuck’s sake. YET ANOTHER film where a long lost friend tries to break up his ex-lover’s wedding. What the fuck is wrong with you people?

Diagnosis: Pass x 1,000.

Henrys Crime (2011)HENRY’S CRIME

Directed By: Malcolm Venville
Written By: Sacha Gervasi & David N. White
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: Released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.

Thoughts: This could be Bandits-level bad, or just plain meh, which is too bad because I actually like Vera Farmiga and she’s been good in everything I’ve seen of hers. Still, this looks like kind of a mess.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Meeks Cutoff (2011)MEEK’S CUTOFF

Directed By: Kelly Reichardt
Written By: Jonathan Raymond
Starring: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood and Paul Dano
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Thoughts: I’m definitely interested in seeing this film. It’s got Michelle WIlliams, and it looks to be a rather interesting story. I haven’t seen this director’s work prior, so I will probably be seeing this without any preconceived ideas.

Diagnosis: Want to see.

Meet Monica Velour (2011)MEET MONICA VELOUR

Directed By: Keith Bearden
Written By: Keith Bearden
Starring: Kim Cattrall, Dustin Ingram and Brian Dennehy
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: When an awkward teen meets his favorite porn star, whose career peaked in the ’80s, an unexpected friendship follows as the young man gets a glimpse inside Monica Velour’s current life as a single mom struggling to make ends meet.

Thoughts: This looks like it might have a bit more heart than one might expect. Curious that it’s from the producers of The Kids Are Alright and Garden State.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant

No Eres Tu Soy Yo (2011)NO ERES TU, SOY YO

Directed By: Alejandro Springall
Written By: Alejandro Springall & Juan Taratuto
Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Martina García and Alejandra Barros
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (175 screens)
Synopsis: Lovelorn Javier goes to extraordinary lengths to recover from his broken marriage in this romantic comedy from Mexico. When Javier married María, he thought it was forever. But then as quickly as she had once said “I do,” María was gone. As a result, Javier’s self-confidence takes a serious hit. When his psychoanalyst offers precious little advice on the subject of making a full emotional recovery, Javier sinks into a deep depression and seeks solace in the arms of his many ex-girlfriends. What will it take for Javier to finally come to terms with his loss, and finally summon the strength to love again?

Thoughts: Doesn’t really sound like my cup of tea.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Thank You (2011)THANK YOU (2011)

Directed By: Anees Bazmee
Written By: Nisar Akhtar
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Bobby Deol
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (92 screens)
Synopsis: Raj, Yogi and Vikram – best friends, business partners, serial womanizers and happily married! Happy, because their lovely wives have no clue that their husbands cheat on them with every pretty young thing they can lay their eyes on. This picture perfect world is rocked when Raj’s wife, Sanjana begins to suspect her husband and hires the suave private detective, Kishan, to tail him. Kishan’s built his reputation as a man who saves marriages by getting erring husbands to mend their ways. In this particular case, however, his overwhelming attraction towards Sanjana means he may not be acting in her best interest! What follows is a crazy cat and mouse game, with Kishan trying to catch the husbands with their pants down literally and them attempting to just stay outside his grasp.

Thoughts: Huh.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

To Die Like a Man (2009)TO DIE LIKE A MAN

Directed By: João Pedro Rodrigues
Written By: João Pedro Rodrigues & Rui Catalão
Starring: Chandra Malatitch, John Jesus Romão and Ivo Barroso
Release Date: April 8, 2011 (1 screen)
Synopsis: A transvestite tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. She dies tragically before this is accomplished and her male identity is engraved on her headstone.

Thoughts: The trailer didn’t do this much justice.

Diagnosis: Pass.

  • Aden

    It looks like all the really good stuff is playing on one screen. I’m looking forward to that Bill Hicks one quite a bit. Hannah looks like a great amount of fun. I’d pass on the ones you are too, but I have a feeling I am going to rent Arthur for a buck once it hits DVD out of curiosity and the want to watch something mindless and silly.

    • It does have Hellen Miren in it, so it’s not like the film is a complete bust. And Jennifer Garner trying to be seductive in a comedic fashion. I’d say a $1 rental is definitely worth it. I wish more companies would do like IFC and offer an On Demand service for some of these films that only get 1-2 screens on release. That way more people could see them and get the word out. Meek’s Cutoff looks pretty good, for example, but it’s got such a limited release.

      • Plus Greta Gerwig! Capitalizing on her jump from super-indie Mumblecore movies to Greenberg last year, and on into more mainstream stuff. If there’s anything that can ground Arthur, it’s the two-pronged combo of Mirren and Gerwig. But yeah, rental.

        Hanna and Meek’s Cutoff have both been very high on my list since I first heard about them. Mike gave 4 1/2 stars to both on Row Three – I definitely want to catch both of these before they leave theatres.