Even though my movie schedule doesn’t look any more jammed than usual, I’m trying to cram stuff in to accommodate my planned absence from press screenings for a week and half starting in the middle of next week. I swear, it’s almost not worth planning even half a vacation, partly a working vacation, for all the forelog before and backlog after it generates…
Miracle at St. Anna [opens wide September 26] is Spike Lee’s new movie. I dunno much about it, except that it’s about black soldiers during WWII and features an awesome cast including Derek Luke, Kerry Washington, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Leguizamo, D.B. Sweeney…
It looks like Ghost is being done up as a comedy in Ghost Town [opens wide September 19]. I know, I know: everyone thinks Ricky Gervais is the shit, but I look forward to any movie starring Greg Kinnear, who is too adorable for words and lights up any movie he appears in.
Keira Knightley gets into corsets — again — for The Duchess [opens limited September 19]. Spectacular costumes and British accents? I’m there. Also: Ralph Fiennes plays her husband. Yum.
I don’t know anything about Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist [opens wide October 3] except that that is a wonderful title, and also that it stars Michael Cera, who, if I were 16 again, I’d be madly in love with, he’s so sweet.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m looking forward to Blindness [opens wide September 26], and I’m glad I’ll have to chance to see it before I leave for England. Man, I’m gonna have a lot of reviews to write on the plane.
I’m gonna miss all the press screenings of Appaloosa [opens in New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles September 19, wide October 3], but my plan at the moment is to catch it when it opens here on Friday, so I can review it before it goes wide. I may do a double feature with Towelhead, which is already playing here in NYC but continues to expand, because I’ve been hearing good things about it from my fellow critics.
I know I’m officially Dreading My Best Friend’s Girl, which opens wide September 19 but won’t screen for critics (at least as far as I can determine), but I think I won’t have time to see it. I may have to just keep dreading it until it comes out on DVD.