City Paper is not for tourists
With a slate of iffy new releases — and Silverdocs kicking off Monday — you might want to save your ass for an AFI Silver marathon and catch the few glimpses of sun promised this weekend.
But if you simply must go to the movies, here are your fresh choices:
Away We Go: Both the story’s heart and John Krasinski’s face are buried beneath indie quirkery in Sam Mendes’ follow-up to Revolutionary Road. The Merry Gentleman: This drab, holidays-set drama is Michael Keaton’s directorial debut; he also co-stars with No Country for Old Men‘s Kelly Macdonald. Oh, Beetlejuice, you came to the biz for this? The Taking of Pelham 123: Tony Scott’s remake of the 1974 subway-hijacker thriller. Expect to be nauseated, and not only be John Travolta’s mustache. Imagine That: Even though Rotten Tomatoes has this Eddie Murphy family flick at a relatively positive 44 percent, the consensus is that the story about a businessman and his Cassandra-esque daughter “squanders [his] comedic talents.” See title for sarcastic reaction.
The Song of Sparrows: An Iranian film about a man and his runaway ostrich. Surely there’s a bit more to the plot than that — and with a 32-to-1 favorable rating, this might be your safest ticket.