For movie lovers like my husband and me, this spring has been a long dry off-season. Most of the films released were junk, punctuated by a few good prospects, the majority of which we never got a chance to see because they were screened only in a few art houses.
Nine movies are opening this week–one for each member of a baseball team–and at least one of them, 42, should be available for movie lovers and baseball fans alike to watch. As we are both, we’re looking forward to this bio-pic about Jackie Robinson, as much as we look forward to Opening Day. 42 also has Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, which is enough reason for me to buy a ticket. 42 is a big enough and important enough movie that it has to run in the Cineplex, so we may actually get to the theater this weekend.
What about the rest of the field? Well, that’s a tossup. Remember, the Fire Swamp also contained the Lightning Sand into which a traveler could disappear. So, keeping these hazards in mind, here’s my scouting report:
- Scary Movie 5 – Rodent of Unusual Size. This is so predictable I didn’t even watch the trailer.
- To the Wonder – Directed by Terrence Malick, who made the impenetrable Tree of Life. Despite an excellent cast, this has Fire Swamp written all over it.
- Antiviral – A cast of unknowns directed by Brandon Cronenberg, who also wrote the screenplay. Really? This one should hit the Cineplex but it will take a strong stomach to watch. I guess Lightning Sand.
- It’s a Disaster– Another cast of (mostly) unknowns directed by someone you’ve never heard of. It’s a comedy about the end of the world set during brunch in one claustrophobic house. Looks like Lightning Sand to me.
- The Angell’s Share— This British comedy is directed by Ken Loach, who is typically focused more on art than actually making money. The trailer looks funny but it all depends on distribution. Could be either Fire Swamp or Lightning Sand.
- Disconnect – This drama about online shenanigans and identity theft will probably make it to the Cineplex and has definite possibilities. The trailer looked good to me. Watch the reviews.
- Into the White – A WWII action/adventure movie with a twist, this will probably get to the Cineplex and could actually be good. Look for Ron Weasley in a starring role. Watch the reviews.
- Not Today – The Hangover meets Not Without My Daughter in India. I sure hope this movie is available somewhere because I really want to see it. It looks like a movie everyone should see. Watch for locations and times.
BTW: The Red Sox won their away opener against Baltimore as well as yesterday’s Fenway Park opening day game. Daniel Nava hit the proverbial three-run homer to win the game against Baltimore after seven shut-out innings by Clay Buchholz. And Will Middlebrooks hit three separate home runs against the Blue Jays on Sunday. It’s early days but the season is looking good so far.