Open wide…

February 11, 2005

I’m always wary of the movies Hollywood studios try to pawn off on audiences early in the year. That being said, here are some of the films opening today:

Hitch (PG-13) Will Smith stars in this romantic comedy about a “date doctor” who attempts to metrosexual-ize the fat guy from The King of Queens. Needless to say, this one is getting some mixed reviews.

Bride and Prejudice (PG-13, NY and LA) The director who brought you Bend it Like Beckham brings you Jane Austen by way of Bollywood musical. I’m speechless, but the critics aren’t.

Inside Deep Throat (NC-17, Limited) Opie confidant/crazy-haired producer, Brian Grazer and the directors of Party Monster collaborated on this documentary concerning that most notorious of skin flicks, Deep Throat. If the idea of learning something about our nation’s history doesn’t get you into theaters, the NC-17 rating based on explicit sexual content should do the trick. Titillating! Here’s what the critics have to say.

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (R, Limited) Panom Yeerum (or Tony Jaa to American audiences) stars in this kinetic Thai action film. If you’re a fan of Asian action movies, especially those bent on the extreme cinematic exploitation of the martial arts, this movie is for you. Jaa elected to do all of his own stunt work without the benefit of wires, CGI, or camera tricks. Read the reviews.

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (G) To those of you masochistic enough to endure this for the sake of your children, I say, “Bravo!” But take heart noble guardians, this animated Pooh-tale weighs in at a mere 68 minutes.

Unimpressed? It does appear to be slim pickins’ this weekend. If none of the films above caught your fancy, I recommend any of this year’s ‘Best Picture’ Oscar nominees:

The Aviator – A delightful romp through the life of Howard Hughes (the early years, you know, sans insanity).
Finding Neverland – J.M. Barrie never looked so good.
Million Dollar Baby – Hilary Swank takes on another defeminizing, yet Oscar-worthy role.
Ray – A blind man playing piano? That’s crazy!
Sideways – Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, two former B-list actors, are now nominated for Oscars thanks to this film.


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