City Paper is not for tourists
Robots, dying teens, Michelle Pfeiffer, and a doc. Truly a weekend with options!
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which has already made an obscene amount of money since opening Wednesday, so you should not give it one more cent. And if you already have, shame on you. $9.99, Etgar Keret’s short stories adapted with stop-motion animation. More novel than compelling. My Sister’s Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz (being serious without being ugly!) and Abigail Breslin. Adapted from a book about a cancer-ridden teenager and the younger sister her parents conceived exclusively as a source of compatible body parts. Plenty o’ people are trashing the film as Lifetime-y melodrama, but I thought it was pretty realistic and, at least until its second half, relatively restrained. But maybe I was just feeling charitable after getting through my weekly deadline. Cheri, a Stephen Frears film starring Pfeiffer as a retired courtesan in pre-World War I Paris. But the title actually refers to a dude. Reviews divided almost exactly down the middle.
The Country Teacher, a Czech drama about a closeted gay schoolteacher and the complications that arise when he develops feelings for one of his students while befriending the boy’s mother. The Stoning of Soraya M., a based-on-a-true-story drama set in 1986 Iran about the persecution of a young woman whose arranged marriage resulted in abuse. Starring House of Sand and Fog‘s Shohreh Aghdashloo.
Under Our Skin, a must-see documentary about Lyme disease, particularly for those who still believe the illness is short-term or psychosomatic.