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Weekend Movie Guide 05/13: Always A Bridesmaid...
Girls just want to have fun! The raunchy comedy goes XX with Bridesmaids. Saturday Night Live alumni Maya Rudolph & Kristen Wiig headline the Judd Apatow production, which also stars Rose Byrne (Get Him to the Greek), Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911) & Ellie Kemper (The Office). Wiig also co-wrote the screenplay with Annie Mumolo (both are Groundlings graduates) and director Paul Feig's resume includes accomplished, hilarious femme dramedies Weeds & Nurse Jackie.
Another SNL vet, Will Ferrell, steps out of his comedic comfort zone in the new drama Everything Must Go. He's broken the overbearing man-child mold, with a role so grown-up they even featured it on NPR! The film's quiet, subdued "anti-Ferrell" is an alcoholic who has trouble staying sober or classy. Fired, dumped & foreclosed, he simply moves into the front lawn. There, a legal loophole prevents his arrest for a week as long as he holds a perpetual garage sale. Will he move on, or stumble into yet another relapse?
Speaking of moving, the cult epic Love Exposure comes bounding out the gate, enticing viewers into a bold, challenging movie marathon. The 246-minute Japanese satire leaps from genre to genre in its tale of Yoko, a devout Catholic teen who becomes an "up-skirt photographer" so that he has sins to report to his preacher father. His talent takes him to the fringe of teen society, where he meets Yu, street-fighting zealot. Can their love survive birds, bullets, kidnappings & prophecy? Can your eyes take over four hours of reading subtitles? Love Exposure set arthouse attendance records in Japan, but only a handful in North America have seen it. The Cinefamily seeks to change that with a rare week-long engagement.
Want something less mainstream but a little shorter? Check out our weekly Film Calendar, spotlighting the best of LA's repertory theaters, midnight movies & special events. See you at the movies!
The First Grader (Reviews) (The Landmark)
Love Exposure (Reviews) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The People Vs. George Lucas (Reviews) (Nuart Theatre)
Skateland (Reviews) (The Landmark)
Everything Must Go
That's all for this week. If only there were some saintly figure to combat the evil forces of Friday the 13th in 3D. Maybe next year.