New Movie Friday: 28 Weeks Later..., Delta Farce, The Ex, Waitress + more!
Welcome to the lull between Spider-Man 3 and Shrek the Third, when studios and indie distributors alike unload little known films to sate audiences' hungry to be entertained by the fleeting magic of cinema.
28 Weeks Later... - Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto, Psicotaxi) picks up where Danny Boyle left off in 28 Days Later with most Londonites infected by a "rage virus" that turns them into violent zombies and prompts the great debate of our time: Which do you prefer? The Old School Zombies of George Romero movies (relentless but slow-moving and generally mellow as long as they get a steady diet of brains) or the New School Zombies like the ones envisioned by Danny Boyle (fast-moving, rage-filled and hyper-aggressive)?
Six months after the rage virus first struck, London is being carefully repopulated by the U.S. Army (I smell political allegory), when a carrier of the virus is admitted to the city and unknowingly causes a second deadly outbreak. Boyle executive produced this movie, so it could actually be a good sequel instead of a crass attempt to cash in on a successful franchise.
American Pastime - Set during WWII, Kaz (Masatoshi Nakamura) and his wife Emi (Judy Ongg) struggle to maintain a normal life after being forcibly relocated to an internment camp in the remote town of Abraham, Utah. His younger son Lyle is a talented baseball player whose chance to attend college on a full baseball scholarship was cut short by the war. He falls in love with the white daughter of one of the camp guards. A baseball game is organized pitting the Japanese-American detainees against the residents of Abraham.Americanizing Shelley - The CEO of a Hollywood management company (Beau Bridges) challenges an American country boy and wannabe Hollywood player to Americanize an Indian girl from the Himalayas. Cultures clash, wackiness ensues, romance blossoms.
Chalk - A mildly funny mockumentary distributed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) about the experience of being a high-school teacher.
Delta Farce - A military spoof about three guys (Larry The Cable Guy, Bill Engvall & DJ Qualls) who are mistakenly identified as Army Reservists and shipped off to Iraq. Luckily for them, they don't have to spend much time dodging RPGs and suicide bombers, because they're conveniently and hilariously ejected somewhere over Mexico and crash land in the middle of a village run by a local warlord.
More new movie releases after the jump.