Friday, September 4, 2009

Today's New in Theaters- 9/4/09

Extract: I'm all kinds of excited for Mike Judge's latest; all of his previous films stand up, and this time, he's actually got a studio that's, y'know, promoting it. And it's full of people we like: Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck. However, some of the reviews have been a little lukewarm-- though not cold enough to keep me away.

Gamer: This one and the upcoming Willis movie Surrogates both feel, to me, like that little run of movies around '95 or so, like Virtuosity and Johnny Mneumonic that were all virtual reality/five minutes into the future, and nobody went to see them. This is all I have to say about Gamer. (Oh, and Orndorf calls it "undeserved torture.")

All About Steve: Best line from Ebert's pan: "[H]ow does she (Sandra Bullock) choose her material? If she does it herself, she needs an agent. If it's done by an agent, she needs to do it herself."

Tickling Leo: This low-budget character-driven indie is the kind of movie I wanted to like more than I actually did; it's well-intentioned and nice enough, but hard to get drawn into.

American Casino: A top-notch documentary about our current economic crisis; even-headed and informative, though it tries to take on a few too many side points.

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