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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Monsters vs. Aliens,’ ‘Super Capers,’ ‘Knowing,’ ‘Duplicity,’ ‘I Love You, Man,’ ‘Goodbye Solo,’ ‘Shall We Kiss?,’ ‘Earth’

Cutest monsters ever! At least that seems to be what Monsters vs. Aliens (opens in the U.S. on March 27, and in the U.K. on April 3) is promising. I’m especially thrilled because I’m seeing it in IMAX… real IMAX, not that fake stuff they’re trying to sell us these days with the phony “upgrade” to “IMAX” some multiplex screening rooms are receiving. Avoid those.

Stupidest superheroes ever. At least that’s what Super Capers (opens in the U.S. on March 20; no U.K. release date has been announced) looks like. Watch the trailer and tell me it don’t look dumb as a post.

I don’t think anything can save the latest Nicolas Cage sci-fi would-be mindbender, Knowing (opens in the U.S. on March 20, and in the U.K. on March 25), but — hard as it may be to believe — I live in hope. I always want movies to be awesome, and I’m always crushed when they aren’t. I’m like Charlie Brown, and Hollywood is like Lucy with the football, the bastards.

I like this Spanish (Portuguese?) poster for Duplicity (opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on March 20), because it has bigger pictures of the cast than the U.S. poster, and it’s pretty much the abundant Clive Owen-ness of the movie that’s drawing me in. Mmmmm, Clive Owen Clive Owen Clive Owen Clive Owen Clive Owen

The abundant assholery of I Love You, Man (opens in the U.S. on March 20, and in the U.K. on March 17) is not inspiring much hope on my part for this one. Though I do keep clinging to a desperate dream that Paul Rudd will someday make a movie that vindicates my slightly pathetic fangirl worship of him…

Goodbye Solo (opens in the U.S. on March 27; no U.K. release date has been announced) is the latest movie from Ramin Bahrani, who surely is the finest young American filmmaker working today. Man Push Cart and Chop Shop gave us looks at contemporary New York City that no one else is bothering with, and now Bahrani is focusing on his hometown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with what I expect will be equally beautiful results.

Shall We Kiss? (opens in the U.S. on March 27; no U.K. release date has been announced) is a French flick, of course. How could it not be, with that title?

Earth (opens in the U.S. on April 22; it has already come and gone from U.K. cinemas) is the first film from a new Disney label, Disneynature, and it appears to be a cutdown theatrical adaptation of the BBC’s acclaimed documentary series Earth. (Oh, and just an FYI, if you’ve been following my saga with Disney over press screenings, nothing has been resolved yet: I don’t know whether or not Disney will ban me from screenings of its films. But in any case, it’s an independent PR agency handling Earth, not Disney’s in-house PR folks, with whom I’ve been in contention of late. So I’m good for Earth… at least, perhaps, until they see this.)



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  • TheGaucho

    The poster for Duplicity is Spanish, not Portuguese. Just thought I would clear that up, the insufferable poly-glot that I am ;-)

  • Though I do keep clinging to a desperate dream that Paul Rudd will someday make a movie that vindicates my slightly pathetic fangirl worship of him…

    Your fangirl worship of Paul Rudd is vindicated forever by Wet Hot American Summer. No more vindication is needed.

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