Wait, Where Are We Again?

Not even the animators seem enthused this time aroundI’m not sure how it happened, but for some reason I had it fixed in my head that “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” opened today instead of two days ago. I dunno, I’m all messed up with times and dates this week. Sorry about that.

Empty Nest“: Daniel Burman is becoming the Argentine Woody Allen — but the late-70s, early-80s version, where the thematic repetition and calculated flights of fancy were balanced by engaging dialogue and the occasional flash of human insight, so that’s actually okay.

“Finn on the Fly”: You know that thing were a company dumps a middling title into theaters as a kind of promotional run for the DVD? Yeah, this is one of those; in fact, a review copy of the DVD arrived in my mailbox just one day after E1 announced the theatrical release. Susan took it, and was not terribly impressed.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs“: Those lovable CG mammals wander into an even more prehistoric world than their own, mostly because kids love dinosaurs and Fox really needs to keep the franchise alive. Variety reports strong opening-day numbers from Wednesday (again, oops), which means it’ll crush “Public Enemies” with ease … and maybe even top the “Transformers” sequel’s second weekend.

Moon“: Lonely lunar worker Sam Rockwell goes crazy — or does he? — on an isolated base in the not-too-distant future. Why he doesn’t just build a couple of wisecracking robot friends, we’ll never know. That’s totally what I would do, if I knew the first thing about robotics. Hell, I’d probably try anyway.

And that sums up the week. Have you seen “The Girlfriend Experience”, “Summer Hours” or “Tokyo Sonata” yet? Because those are really good.

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