Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of May 27

Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of May 27

The Todd Phillips crowd gets a second helping of..whatever, and the kiddies get a sequel to a pretty decent CG-animated film. But the biggest release this weekend (and for me) is The Tree of Life. Just give that trailer a gander and you’ll see why I’m excited to see it.

What say you? Are you checking out any new films this weekend? Are you going to see anything that came out last week? I’m kind of curious to see what others thought about Midnight in Paris or if anyone else got to see Went the Day Well? Basically, I want to hear from you!

Films after the jump.

The Hangover Part II (2011)THE HANGOVER PART 2

Directed By: Todd Phillips
Written By: Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms
Release Date: May 26, 2011 (3,615 screens)
Synopsis: Right after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu’s plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.

Thoughts: A stupid re-hash of part one.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)KUNG FU PANDA 2

Directed By: Jennifer Yuh
Written By: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan
Release Date: May 26, 2011 (3,925 screens)
Synopsis: Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon.

Thoughts: Looks like a solid outing for the kiddies, with probably much of what made the first one a solid outing for the kiddies.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant

The Tree of Life (2011)THE TREE OF LIFE

Directed By: Terrence Malick
Written By: Terrence Malick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain
Release Date: May 27, 2011 (4 screens)
Synopsis: The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence.

Thoughts: This will be the first Terrence Malick film I’ve seen. The trailer is exciting and I keep hearing “visual poetry” used to describe this film. I’m genuinely curious to see just what that means. And…like…the trailer has planets and solar storms.

Diagnosis: REALLY want to see.

Tuesday After Christmas (2011)TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS

Directed By: Radu Muntean
Written By: Razvan Radulescu, Radu Muntean
Starring: Dragos Bucur, Maria Popistasu and Mirela Oprisor
Release Date: May 27, 2011 (1 screens)
Synopsis: Paul Hanganu loves two women. Adriana his wife and the mother of their daughter, the woman with whom he’s shared the thrills of the past ten years, and Raluca the woman who has made him redefine himself. He has to leave one of them before Christmas.

Thoughts: The trailer really isn’t a good sell on the movie. Can’t say I’m really drawn to the premise either. Still, I’d watch it from the convenience of my living room.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

United Red Army (2011)UNITED RED ARMY

Directed By: Kôji Wakamatsu
Written By: Kôji Wakamatsu
Starring: Maki Sakai, Arata and Akie Namiki
Release Date: May 27, 2011 (1 screens)
Synopsis: Shot in a raw verite style, United Red Army explores the political unrest of 1960s Japan, when mass student uprisings coincided with the beginnings of the far-left United Red Army group, which tortured and murdered its “deviant” members during a 1972 training session. Mr. Wakamatsu’s harrowing film depicts the famed Asama-Sanso incident, which began when members of the United Red Army assassinated 14 of its own, during a group “self-criticism” session, and then broke into a holiday lodge below Mount Asama and took the wife of the lodge-keeper as a hostage. A standoff between police and the URA radicals took place, lasting ten days. The radical student protests that rocked Japan in the late 1960s were in many ways, a response to the growing military alignment between Japan and the United States (ratified by the Japan-US Security Treaty signed in 1951). But the decisions made by the Japanese Communist Party, which was being accused of rigidity (and even “Stalinism”) also played a role in the radicalization of the Japanese student movement during the 1960s and 70s in Japan.

Thoughts: This looks kind of interesting based off the trailer.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

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I wouldn’t be able to do Diagnosis:Film each week without IMDB and Box Office Mojo, where I get almost all of the info from. I’d also like to thank Ion Cinema for coming through where the others have failed when it comes to information about foreign films releasing in the states.