We kicked off the summer season last weekend with The Avengers and this week we have the next entry with Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. However, I think there is still going to be a huge holdover for The Avengers and it will easily take the box office again. Dark Shadows looks, well, I just don't know. I want to love it and be excited about it because I love Tim Burton, but I have yet to be jumping up and down about this one. Otherwise released this weekend is yet again an indie-fest of limited release smaller films that are still afraid to compete with The Avengers. If it is done right God Bless America could be pretty damn hysterical...I can't get mad at any movie that poses the possibility of death to the bratty girls from the show "Sweet Sixteen" or a Kardashian.
|1. Dark Shadows|
Remake of the hit 1960s gothic horror soap opera of the same name that ran on ABC for 5 years. Reviews on it are mixed, leaning towards the negative, but will depend on your level of Burton love if you make the attempt to like it or not.
|2. God Bless America|
Frank gets fed up with American culture and lack thereof. Frank gets a gun. Frank shoots people…a lot of them. Frank then finds an accomplice in a young high school student Roxy and they embark on a nationwide assault and attempt to kill the country's most irritating celebrities. Frank and Roxy look funny. Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait this looks like a it could be a pretty fun dark and twisted satire. It is in theaters today, but also available On Demand.
|3. Girl in Progress|
Eva Mendes is a single mom who is too busy juggling work and her affair with a married man to pay attention to her daughter. When learning about coming of age stories from her English teacher Mendess' daughter decides to skip adolescence and act like an adult. Eh, I don't know…I mean, I guess this could be cute, but it also looks way schmaltzy (yeah, I used that word) and kind of boring.
Everything about this movie about a small town teenager that hitchhikes her way away from her alcoholic abusive parents creeps me out. That is all.
|5. The Road|
This looks creepy and scary and horrifying in every sense of the word. If that is your thing, see it!
|6. Where Do We Go Now?|
In a remote village there is a church and a mosque that stand next to each other. With the men about to start a religious war the women in the town hatch a plan to keep them pre-occupied and that plan is to hire a group of Ukranian women? Sounds like a good plan…or a really stupid un-funny one.
|7. Tonight You're Mine|
I hate everything about the looks of this indie hipster-fest.
|8. Sleepless Night|
He's got one night to save his son. A French film about a guy named Vincent who is a well-respected cop that becomes involved with a dangerous group of gangster. This film has 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and looks like a truly great and suspenseful thriller.