Weekend Movie Guide: Return to Narnia
Does the little girl playing Lucy have a Kathleen Turner basso profundo voice or what? | Photo courtesy of Disney
It's an incredibly light week for new releases this weekend. Looks like everyone is getting out of the way of the presumed blockbuster, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I liked the first movie well enough, but that was probably due more to my childhood love of the books than the actual quality of the film. I wish Walden Media had put this series in the hands of a more able filmmaker than Adamson. Can you imagine what a visionary like Alphonso Cuaron would have done with this sort of childhood/fantasy material?
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer is being marketed towards an older, female audience. It tells the story of three generations of Mexican-American women who experience a sexual awakening during the course of one summer. The primary draw, of course, will be Ugly Betty's America Ferrera. I have a bit of an issue with her. When she first came up as an actress in Real Woman Have Curves there was a lot of talk about how "big is beautiful, too." I agree. It's a shame that America is now emaciating herself to fit a certain standard of beauty.
Reprise has been playing the film festival circuit for a couple of years already so it's nowhere near as topical as it once was. It follows two friends--both writers--who experience wildly different fates with their first novels. Conventionally, one becomes an instant superstar while the other labors in obscurity. This is yet another film by a young director which is more interested in how a story is told than it is in the actual story being told. Expect lots of flash-backs, flash-forwards, voice-over, visual flights of fancy--basically film as collage. Exhausting.
Tickets, Showtimes, Reviews and Previews after the jump!
Getting Reepicheep to work as a warrior (and not a joke) will be a major challenge | Photo courtesy of Disney
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer