There’s four new movies in cineplexes this week – a couple of them in limited release, so you may need to work a little harder to find them.
[Limited release] This is a mocumentary, not really intended to be a comedy, but it’s supposed to be the real-life story of a Norwegian Troll Hunter who’s been hired for years by the government to control the population of trolls that live in Norway. It’s sort of like a horror/comedy movie, and it’s getting great reviews.
[Limited release] Another mockumentary, The Trip, is Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, two very, very funny British comedians. The premise is Steve Coogan is asked to tour Northern England’s finest restaurants, and so he brings along his best friend, Rob Brydon.
They travel from restaurant to restaurant, but it’s basically about their conversations and the comedy that they put together. You may have seen the clip that’s online of them doing their Michael Cain impression-off, which is very funny.
Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer:
It’s about Judy Moody and how she does NOT wanna have a bummer summer. It’s based on a very popular children’s book about Judy, a 3rd grader, who takes an unexpected trip to California and has the most thrilling summer of her life when she meets her way cool aunt, played by Heather Graham. That’s what I’m talking about!
It’s for the kids. Jordana Beatty, who plays Judy Moody, is a really talented little actress. If you have to go with your kids to see this, I think you’ll be entertained.
My pick of the week:
J.J. Abrams writes and directs this film starring Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, and Noah Emmerich. I had a chance to see Super 8 this week and it is… I can’t tell you what it’s about.
It harkens back to another time. It is not a coincidence that Steven Spielberg is the producer of this film, along with J.J. Abram, because it takes place in the early 80′s approximately the same time that E.T. took place. This is a nostalgia piece; a flashback.
It is very much like E.T., Stand By Me, The Goonies. It is a film about the coming of age and about being a kid in middle school, much more-so than it is a monster movie. I know because it’s been shrouded in secrecy, no one really knows what to expect from this film.
If you’re expecting a horror movie or a monster movie, there’s plenty of action in it and there’s some of that, but that isn’t really what the film’s about. It’s much more about this group of kids and how they grow up in sort of a hard, scrabble, steel town in Ohio, and a summer that they have there with their fellow friends.
I really enjoyed it. The performances from these young actors is remarkable. Elle Fanning is maybe one of the best actresses working today, let alone one of the best young actresses working today. She’s remarkable in this film. She will rip your heart out and stomp all over it (but she’ll give it back to you).
I never thought anyone would be better than Dakota Fanning as a young actress, but her sister crushes her!