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Saturday, March 29, 2008

This Weekend at the Movies

posted by on March 29 at 16:07 PM


What’s opening this week? Besides Asia Argento’s thighs, that is. Aren’t I nice? I put the naughty picture in the popup for you fine folks at work. Here’s the tame alternative:


In On Screen this week: Brendan Kiley on Olivier Assayas’s Boarding Gate (“The film lurches between low-level action sequences and bleak eroticism, all for the sake of admiring, and pitying, Argento’s sad beauty”), me on Flawless (“Giving the thieves social grievances serves only to undermine their greed—the one motive we can all understand”), Bradley Steinbacher on Run Fatboy Run (“With pedestrian direction by David Schwimmer [yes, that David Schwimmer], Run Fatboy Run works best when all focus is on Simon Pegg, whose inspired twitchings and dashes of exasperated mania are responsible for the bulk of the movie’s highs”), Charles Mudede on Stop-Loss (It’s “an obituary of America’s leftist spirit”), and Steinbacher again on 21 (“a headache of a movie where every camera movement is overbaked and every turn of a card is accompanied by an unnecessary sound edit”).

And Lindy West on the mysteriously enduring appeal of High School Musical.

Limited-run films tucked away in the calendar include the remaining National Film Festival for Talented Youth events at SIFF Cinema, the nicely shot soap operetta Lost in Beijing and the annual anniversary screenings of Rubin & Ed at the Grand Illusion, the deeply fascinating Opera Jawa and other Global Lens films at SIFF Cinema, and Live and Become at the Varsity.

For all your movie times needs, check out the redesigned calendar. I think it’s even more helpful than before, but we’re still tweaking things, so feed the back and back the feed.

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Maybe it's the line above about High School Musical, but at first glance I thought that last sentence said "I have to run screaming...".

Posted by Mike of Renton | March 28, 2008 1:37 PM

Annie, I'm no expert at baseball, but is she asking for a fastball, a curve, or a slider?

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | March 28, 2008 1:38 PM

I don't care what you jackasses say about the merits of Boarding Gate. I'm going anyway, and I'll bet it's good...or at least worth a boner or two.

Posted by Matthew | March 28, 2008 2:11 PM

I'm with Matthew. Granted, I may be responding solely to a poster featuring Argento, armed, in her underwear . . . but I've seen movies for worse reasons than that.

Posted by thelyamhound | March 28, 2008 2:39 PM

Sorry 'bout the split ellipse. I never know how those will translate post-posting.

Posted by thelyamhound | March 28, 2008 2:41 PM

Armed with underwear? Cool ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 28, 2008 3:34 PM

I recommend "The Hammer" playing at uptown theatre, one of the better lighter films I've seen in a while. It's way better than you might expect. My wife like it too and said it's a good date movie.

Posted by Todd | March 28, 2008 7:56 PM

Would you for God's sake stop letting Mudede review movies? Get real here, folks, when he sees the death of the American left in a juvenile, made-by-MTV movie, you know he's lost it.

Posted by Bwana | March 29, 2008 6:23 PM

Lindy. I love you.

Posted by Katelyn | March 29, 2008 9:37 PM

excuse me bwana, the director of stop-loss happens to be taken very seriously in the world of indie films. the reasons for this are too obvious for me to repeat. please, people, if you are going to attack me, make sure you have some teeth in your mouth! nothing is more unpleasant than the dumb feeling of raw gums working my arm.

Posted by charles mudede | March 30, 2008 10:51 AM

You tell him, Charles!

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 30, 2008 4:26 PM

Hmm. After reading quite a few other reviews, it appears that my comment had a few more teeth than you thought, Charlie. The consensus, pretty uniformly, is that the movie just plain sucks.

Posted by Bwana | March 30, 2008 9:50 PM

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