Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of May 20

Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of May 20

You’ve got some Pirates this weekend and Woody Allen if you’re lucky. The rest are pretty much rental fodder if they’re even your thing. What say you? Anything look good this weekend? Sound off in the comments!

Films after the jump!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

Directed By: Rob Marshall
Written By: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz and Ian McShane
Release Date: May 20, 2011 (4,155 screens)
Synopsis: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

Thoughts: The second trailer looks a bit more exciting than the one I’ve seen in front of a bunch of films this year. Still, it seems like Roger Ebert has the right idea. Meh.

Diagnosis: Pass.

35 and Ticking (2011)35 AND TICKING

Directed By: Russ Parr
Written By: Russ Parr
Starring: Meagan Good, Tamala Jones and Nicole Ari Parker
Release Date: May 20, 2011 (6 screens)
Synopsis: Centers around the lives of Victoria, Zenobia , Clevon, and Phil — all friends approaching the age of 35 and struggling to build the families they’ve always dreamed of. While Zenobia (Parker, “Soul Food,” “Brown Sugar”) is still looking for a man, Victoria (Jones, “Castle,” “One on One”) is married to a man who doesn’t want children. Clevon (comic Hart, “Not Easily Broken,” “40 Year-Old Virgin”), meanwhile, is too geeky to get a woman, and Phil (Keith Robinson, “Dreamgirls”) is already married with children, but his wife is not very interested in being a mother. All four of them try to rectify their romantic lives and futures while their biological clocks tick away.

Thoughts: I’m 26 years of age and therefore can’t relate to this premise of the biological clock that’s ticking away. Also, it just doesn’t look all that interesting from the trailer.

Diagnosis: Pass.

A Beautiful Life (2011)A BEAUTIFUL LIFE

Directed By: Andrew Lau
Written By:
Starring: Shu Qi, Liu Ye
Release Date: May 20, 2011 (23 screens)
Synopsis: Li Peiru (Shu Qi) drifts to Beijing from Hong Kong to make a living but ends up falling in love with Fang Zhendong (Liu Ye), a local policeman. Qi plays an opportunist who takes advantages of Ye for financial gain.

Thoughts: Looks like a decent enough of a drama/romance film. Not sure if it’s something I would rush out to see, though.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

The Lion of Judah (2011)THE LION OF JUDAH

Directed By: Deryck Broom, Roger Hawkins
Written By: Brent Dawes
Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Leon Clingman and Georgina Cordova
Release Date: May 20, 2011
Synopsis: Follow the adventures of a bold lamb (Judah) and his stable friends as they try to avoid the sacrificial alter the week preceding the crucifixion of Christ. It is a heart-warming account of the Easter story as seen through the eyes of a lovable pig (Horace), a faint-hearted horse (Monty), a pedantic rat (Slink), a rambling rooster (Drake), a motherly cow (Esmay) and a downtrodden donkey (Jack). This magnificent period piece with its epic sets is a roller coaster ride of emotions. Enveloped in humor, this quest follows the animals from the stable in Bethlehem to the great temple in Jerusalem and onto the hillside of Calvary as these unlikely heroes try to save their friend. The journey weaves seamlessly through the real biblical accounts of Palm Sunday, Jesus turning the tables in the temple, Peter’s denial and with a tense, heart-wrenching climax, depicts the crucifixion and resurrection with gentleness and breathtaking beauty. For Judah, the lamb with the heart of a lion, it is a story of courage and faith. For Jack, the disappointed donkey, it becomes a pivotal voyage of hope. For Horace, the, well the dirty pig, and Drake the ignorant rooster, it is an opportunity to do something inappropriate and get into trouble.

Thoughts: Probably the worst trailer I’ve seen…ever. Probably the worst animated thing I’ve seen…ever. New rule: If you can’t do “decent” to “okay” CG animation, then stick with 2D.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Midnight in Paris (2011)MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Directed By: Woody Allen
Written By: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates
Release Date: May 20, 2011 (6 screens)
Synopsis: A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Thoughts: I definitely want to see this one. Not a big fan of Owen Wilson, but I do enjoy Woody Allen and I think my enjoyment of Allen outweighs the lack of interest in Wilson.

Diagnosis: Want to see.

Went the Day Well (1942) (2011 re-release)WENT THE DAY WELL? (2011 RE-RELEASE)

Directed By: Alberto Cavalcanti
Written By: John Dighton
Starring: Leslie Banks, C.V. France and Valerie Taylor
Release Date: May 20, 2011 (1 screen)
Synopsis: An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.

Thoughts: If you’re near the one screen it’s playing on, I’d say check it out. Looks interesting. Don’t really know much about it otherwise.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

  • Perhaps I was a little harsh on Pirates 4. I might see it, but it will probably be a rental at a much much much later time. 😛

  • Also, if I were the target demographic for The Lion of Judah, I’d be pissed. It’s like they spent all their budget on the casting and forgot to work on the whole crappy CG animation thing. I guess I don’t really understand why religious entertainment always has to come out of the box as “poorly done.” At least Veggie Tales managed to transcend the cheap animation and provide quirky humor with positive messages. This…just looks laughable. Oy.

  • Went the Day Well? just played the TCM Film Festival a couple of weeks ago (I think it’s been out of circulation since its 1943 release); I didn’t see it, but everyone who did was raving about it. The re-release is from Rialto Pictures – they tend to do touring re-releases. The only dates after Film Forum in NYC are a couple of days in Detroit, but it may tour elsewhere after. I’d be interested in checking it out when it comes here. Chances of a restoration DVD release after the touring run are high, too.

    • What was Went the Day Well? playing against at the TCM Film Festival? I don’t remember seeing it on the schedule. As to it touring and getting a restoration dvd release, that would be cool. I definitely want to see it at some point.

      • Looks like it was against The Man With the Golden Arm on Saturday and they replayed it on Sunday against the Nicholas Brothers tribute and Fantasia. I mean, that’s what I went to instead. There were like five or six things at any given time. I really liked what I went to, though. Too bad it wasn’t against Pennies from Heaven. :p