MovieTimes.com Picks of the Week March 26, 2009
This week feature a number of interesting indie movies and documentaries and some sweet animated fun for the family.
“Monsters vs. Aliens”
From the directors of “Shrek 2″ and “Shark Tale” comes the irreverent yet charming “Monster vs. Aliens.” Reese Witherspoon plays Susan, a blushing bride whose big day gets even bigger when she transforms into a 50-foot tall woman, thanks to some freaky jello. Dragged off to a government facility, Susan meets a ragtag bunch of mutants who have hidden away for tests and experiments. Suddenly dealing with the possibility of invasion by Gallaxhar and his alien fleet, the government realizes this motley crue is humanity’s last hope for salvation.
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Sporting an impressive physique, the former martial arts star and wrestler turns actor John Cena stars as New Orleans detective Danny Fisher, the target of serious wrath of god stuff from international terrorist Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen), who places the blame on Fisher for the untimely death of his girlfriend. With his own girlfriend Molly (Ashley Scott) now held hostage by Jackson, Fisher becomes the pawn in a grand scheme of vengeance comprising 12 elaborate games, each more deadly than the last.
“The Haunting of Connecticut”
The Haunting in Connecticut does not re-write the book on horror, but it understands what it’s supposed to be, and it concocts enough cobweb-filled frames to fill this movie with chills, ensuring anyone along for the ride will feel a hint of dread next time they head into the basement.
“The Education of Charlie Banks”
This first directorial effort from from Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst revolves around an intelligent young man named Charlie and his strained adult relationship with the neighborhood bully of his childhood. Growing up in a tough part of New York City in the 1970s, Charlie notices, but makes a point of avoiding, Mitch, a kid who is chasing girls and beating kids up in the fourth grade. But Charlie’s best friend, Danny is eager to prove his toughness, and befriends Mitch as they enter adolescence. One fateful evening Mitch almost kills two guys in Charlie’s presence, so Charlie goes to the cops–then becomes terrified and refuses to testify. But the potential cost of what he’s done haunts him for years to come, until one day Mitch shows up unannounced at the prestigious college Charlie and Danny attend, bringing with him a silent threat. As Charlie prays for Mitch to go back home, Mitch takes everyone by surprise and tries to fit in and change. In his attempts to assimilate to a new world of intellect and wealth, he goes for the girl of Charlie’s dreams, and changes the friendship dynamic Charlie has worked so hard to create.
Opens in limited release.
“Guest of Cindy Sherman”
The ’80s art boom in New York was both a hunting ground and an unexpected place of acceptance for gonzo public access reporter Paul H-O (short for Hasegawa-Overacker), an art-world commentator who was as quick to point out a no-clothes-emperor as he was to praise genuine artistic triumph. Cutting together several years worth of footage from his constantly running camcorder, H-O’s cathartic documentary debut is a charming, if occasionally creepy, chronicle of his longtime romantic involvement with reclusive art scene titan Cindy Sherman and his (ultimately futile) bid to reconcile his role as an unequal partner (read: less famous) in the relationship.
Opens in limited release.