Here it comes, the bitter flavor of post-summer movies. Not all of this weekend’s new film releases appear to be like the usual impending September drivel, but unfortunately most of them do.
The widest release of the weekend looks like a car-wreck of a movie: ‘Hit & Run‘. Don’t Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard realize the doomed fate of real-life couples who make movies together? This terrible-looking comedy mixes a group of B-movie comedic actors. (Yes, Bradley Cooper deserves to be put in that category.) It also stars Tom Arnold and the Randy Quaid of the Bridges brothers, Beau. In it, a dreadlocked Cooper finds the rat bastard getaway driver (Shepard) who turned him over to the feds. This guy has been in Witness Protection the whole time – and guess what, his girlfriend (Bell) has no clue about his past. Now they must go on a road trip together. Wackity smackity doo!
The other apparent turd opening this week is ‘The Apparition‘, which stars the gorgeous Ashley Greene (from ‘Twilight‘) and a slew of other no-names, like that Malfoy kid from ‘Harry Potter‘. The cast isn’t the only thing hinting that this might be a less-than-enjoyable movie. It wasn’t screened for press until two hours prior to its midnight debut, and it looks like a bad rip-off of ‘Flatliners’, which wasn’t a great movie to begin with.
Out of all three wide releases, the title that I’m most excited about is ‘Premium Rush‘. If this bicycle-centric thriller didn’t feature the cast that it does, I’d never presume it to be worth watching. A bike courier carries a mysterious package that a powerful villain wants to get his hands on. Yes, it sounds like ‘The Transporter‘ on a bicycle. But starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the brilliant Michael Shannon, it has to be worth watching. Those two don’t usually make crap (with the exception of JGL in ‘G.I. Joe‘, of course).
The Mike Birbiglia Sundance comedy ‘Sleepwalk with Me‘ opens on one screen thanks to IFC Films. The tale of a stand-up comic struggling with his career and, of all things, sleepwalking… I’m out. I’ve been tainted; the un-funny ‘Funny People‘ removed my drive for supposed comedies about comedians.
Finally, expanding to more than 1,000 screens is ‘2016: Obama’s America‘. Exploring the possible answers to the question, “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?”, the film has drawn the curiosity of moviegoers affiliated with each of the major political parties. As a small limited release that’s expanding wide so quickly, I imagine that it has to be a pretty interesting little film.