Weekend Movie Guide: I Am Iron Man
Repulsors fire! | Photo courtesy of Paramount
What else can I say about Iron Man that I didn't say in my rave yesterday? According to the great Nikki Finke, it looks like it's going to be a monster hit so I guess I don't need to encourage you to go see it. I'll actually be seeing it again this weekend because I failed to stay through the entire end credit roll and see the rumored Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) cameo at the end. Don't make the same mistake.
Michelle Monaghan was brilliant in the equally brilliant Kiss Kiss Bang Bang but that won't be enough to get me to see Made of Honor. Of course, it's a different movie than 27 Dresses but don't they feel like they are cut from the same cloth? And, one more thing, why does no one talk about Patrick Dempsey's nose job? Jennifer Grey did the same thing and she virtually disappeared, yet Ronald Miller does it and no one even talks about it.
What do you feel like doing now? I don't know. Killing? | Photo courtesy of Paramount Vantage
Every few years an English comedy crosses the pond and finds a huge audience in the States. If there is any justice in the world, Son of Rambow will do just that starting today. It's spectacularly absurd premise is exploited wonderfully by all involved and the casting of it's two young leads is perfect. I'm not sure why it's being pitched as a British Stand By Me because it's much better than that.
There was a time when a new David Mamet movie was an event for me. That sort of petered out after Heist. Mamet has always ruthlessly applied a strict style to his films, but in Heist and Spartan it almost seemed like he was parodying himself. But I don't think he was. We'll see if Redbelt continues that trend or bucks it off. A Mamet movie about mixed-martial arts certainly sounds intriguing. We'll see.
I think both conservatives and liberals will be satisfied with Standard Operating Procedure. While director Error Morris' left-of-center political leanings are clear, he's a good enough filmmaker to suffuse his Abu Ghraib documentary with a good bit of objective clarity. The stark manner in which he interviews his subjects allows them to both hang and rescue themselves from the infamy that surrounds them. This is a must-see.
With a larger budget, Fugitive Pieces would be the type of film that a studio positioned for awards season. It tells the story of a young boy who escapes from his native Poland during World War II and emigrates to Canada. For the rest of his life, though, he is consumed with discovering what happened to the sister he was separated from during the war. Jeremy Podeswa directs from Anne Michael's celebrated novel.
Tickets & Showtimes
Made of Honor
Son of Rambow
Standard Operating Procedure