Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of May 13

Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of May 13

This weekend there are a bunch of interesting documentaries playing in one to two screens. Oh, yeah…and then there’s the Bridesmaids and Priest. If ever there were a weekend to save your gas money and enjoy a rental, this would be the one. If you plan on seeing any of these films this weekend we’d love to hear from you, though. Sound off in the comments about whether or not my diagnosis on Bridesmaids was faulty or if there is some good to be had in Priest.

Films after the jump!

Bridesmaids (2011)BRIDESMAIDS

Directed By: Paul Feig
Written By: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (2,917 screens)
Synopsis: Picked as her best friend’s maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids.

Thoughts: Women, as written by men, as written by women. This looks eight kinds of stupid.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Priest (2011)PRIEST

Directed By: Scott Charles Stewart
Written By: Cory Goodman
Starring: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (2,864 screens)
Synopsis: A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Thoughts: *yawns*

Diagnosis: Pass.

Cameraman: The Work and Life of Jack Cardiff (2011)CAMERAMAN: THE WORK AND LIFE OF JACK CARDIFF

Directed By: Craig McCall
Written By:
Starring: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese and Kirk Douglas
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (1 screens)
Synopsis: In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was awarded for Powell and Pressburger’s Black Narcissus. Beyond John Huston’s The African Queen and King Vidor’s War and Peace, the films of the British-Hungarian creative duo (The Red Shoes and A Matter of Life and Death too) guaranteed immortality for the renowned cameraman whose career spanned seventy years.

Thoughts: Shame it’s only playing on one screen. I definitely want to see this one.

Diagnosis: Want to see.

City of Life and Death (2011)CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH

Directed By: Chuan Lu
Written By: Chuan Lu
Starring: Ye Liu, Wei Fan and Hideo Nakaizumi
Release Date: May 11, 2011 (1 screens)
Synopsis: A dramatization of the rape of Nanking in 1937.

Thoughts: Aside from the lame music selection in the trailer, this looks to be quite the intense film experience if you can actually see it.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

Everything Must Go (2011)EVERYTHING MUST GO

Directed By: Dan Rush
Written By: Dan Rush
Starring: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall and Christopher Jordan Wallace
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (218 screens)
Synopsis: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.

Thoughts: I like Raymond Carver, and the fact that this is based off of a short story of his has me immediately interested. It also looks like Will Ferrell is reigned in, performance-wise. Dangit. I’m kind of wanting to see this.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

The First Grader (2011)THE FIRST GRADER

Directed By: Justin Chadwick
Written By: Ann Peacock
Starring: Naomie Harris, Sam Feuer and Tony Kgoroge
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (3 screens)
Synopsis: The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Thoughts: Despite the trailer, I’m kind of interested in seeing this one.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Go For It (2011)GO FOR IT

Directed By: Carmen Marron
Written By: Carmen Marron
Starring: Aimee Garcia, Al Bandiero and Jossara Jinaro
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (218 screens)
Synopsis: Carmen is a good student with a bad attitude who lives for dancing in the underground clubs of Chicago. She yearns to be ‘somebody’ but is afraid to believe in herself. Her immigrant Mexican, working-class parents want her to stay in school and get an education, so she attends junior college while working at a grocery store. Carmen’s professor catches her performing one day in the neighborhood and challenges her to audition to a formal dance school in California. She gets into a fight with her chaotic family and runs away to her best friend Gina’s place only to find out Gina’s been getting beat up by her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Carmen’s boyfriend, Jared wants her to commit and move in with him. Pulled apart in every direction, her dream of dancing fades. Can Carmen overcome her fears and take the biggest chance of her life, or will she succumb to her self-doubt?

Thoughts: Have absolutely no interest in seeing this one. Dance flicks are not my cup of tea.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Hesher (2011)HESHER

Directed By: Spencer Susser
Written By: Spencer Susser, David Michôd
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu and Natalie Portman
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (40 screens)
Synopsis: Hesher is a loner. He hates the world and everyone in it. He has long greasy hair and homemade tattoos. He is malnourished and smokes a lot of cigarettes. He likes fire and blowing things up. He lives in his van, until he meets TJ.

Thoughts: Bad synopsis, interesting trailer. A weird look for Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird (2011)HEY, BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Directed By: Mary Murphy
Written By: Mary Murphy
Starring: Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash and James McBride
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards, and in April the Postal Service will issue a stamp honoring Peck – depicted wearing glasses, as Finch. Hey, Boo explores the To Kill a Mockingbird phenomenon and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding Harper Lee, including why she never published again. It also brings to light the context and history of the novel’s Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication. Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb, Richard Russo, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young and others reflect on the novel’s power, influence, and popularity, and the many ways it has shaped their lives.

Thoughts: Loved the book. This looks like a great look at the author. Shame it’s only playing on one screen.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

How to Live Forever (2011)HOW TO LIVE FOREVER

Directed By: Mark Wexler
Written By: Robert DeMaio, Mark Wexler
Starring: Suzanne Somers, Phyllis Diller and Ray Bradbury
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (1 screens)
Synopsis: Baby boomer Mark Wexler travels the world searching for the secrets of long life.

Thoughts: Looks entertaining enough.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

L'Amour Fou (2011)L’AMOUR FOU

Directed By: Pierre Thoretton
Written By:
Starring: Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé and Betty Catroux
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge.

Thoughts: Looks like a solid documentary, but not quite my cup of tea.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Skateland (2011)SKATELAND

Directed By: Anthony Burns
Written By: Anthony Burns, Heath Freeman
Starring: Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene and Heath Freeman
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.

Thoughts: Looks like a pretty standard coming-of-age tale set in the 80s, as in I’ll probably rent it one day…maybe.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

  • I’ve only heard good/great things about Bridesmaids, although the trailers don’t seem to market it properly based on what I’m hearing. Lots of people saying it’s the funniest thing Apatow has been associated with.

    • Yeah, the trailers don’t do a good job of promising anything more than what we’re used to with Apatow fare, which is to say male-centric humor and attempts at poignancy. I say attempt loosely. 😛