The world doesn’t care that I’m still wading through a pile of Hot Docs screeners — there are movies opening, dammit! And I have to see most of them, too!
“Captain Abu Raed“: Remember the kinds of vaguely patronizing foreign-language films Harvey Weinstein used to acquire by the boatload every year? Amin Matalqa’s insistently heartwarming contrivance would fit right in.
“Death at a Funeral“: Neil Labute directs Chris Rock in a speedy remake of Frank Oz’ 2007 British farce, co-starring Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Zoe Saldana and James Marsden as Alan Tudyk. I don’t know which part of that sentence is the strangest. My review should be online any minute now. UPDATE: There it is!
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”: The European literary sensation — just ask its publicists! — comes to the screen in Niels Arden Oplev’s slick adaptation. Susan liked it; Adam, not so much. Not so much at all.
“Kick-Ass“: With no power comes no responsibility … and a great deal of fun. Matthew Vaughn atones for the fairy-tale sludge of “Stardust” with this tremendously entertaining comic-book movie; trust me, you’ll never see McLovin the same way again.
“The Square”: Australia’s Edgerton brothers — actor-writer Joel and director Nash — venture into Coen territory with this tale of flawed people, bad decisions and worse luck. Rad gives it his blessing.
“When You’re Strange“: Tom DiCillo’s disappointing Doors document — which popped up at Canadian Music Week last month — gets a one-week theatrical booking as a prelude to its DVD release later this summer. If you’re a Morrison acolyte, it’s worth a look, I guess.
Right, that’s everything. And now, back to my regularly scheduled programming …