First, check out J.J. Abrams’ Spielberg homage, Super 8: you’ll have fun discussing it afterwards.
This weekend also brings a spate of decent if not well-reviewed films, from docs (Queen of the Sun, One Lucky Elephant) and a foreign romance (Bride Flight) to Michael Winterbottom’s improvised Brit road trip comedy (The Trip) and foreign monster film (Trollhunter). Dare we says its a good time to be a cinephile? We would, if it weren’t for the top two films at the box office: X-Men: First Class, despite well-cast leads Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, has female troubles too crippling to ignore, and you know how we feel about Very Bad Trip 2.
Super 8, Paramount | Dir: J. J. Abrams; Cast: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso | indieWIRE http://www.indiewire.com/film/super_8/ | TOH! Review Round-Up | Spielberg & Abrams, Q & A.
The Trip, IFC (UK) | Dir: Michael Winterbottom; Cast: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Claire Keelan, Margo Stilley | B+ indieWIRE http://www.indiewire.com/film/the_trip/ | Leonard Maltin: “if you’re at all an Anglophile, or have a taste for show business chatter, I think you’re on the right track…Just one word of warning: don’t go hungry. The meals look absolutely incredible.” | indieWIRE’s pick of the week.
Trollhunter, Magnet Releasing (Norway) | Dir: André Ovredal; Cast: Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Hans Morten Hansen, Johanna Mørch, Tomas Alf Larsen | indieWIRE: “A Monster of a Mock Doc” | Paste: “In every sense, Troll Hunter lives up to its ridiculous name and premise.”
Bride Flight, Music Box Films (Netherlands / Luxembourg) | Dir: Ben Sombogaart; Cast: Waldemar Torenstra, Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver, Elise Schaap, Rutger Hauer, Pleuni Touw | indieWIRE | NYP: “The kind of lush, epic romantic weepie that Hollywood used to deliver on a regular basis for packed matinees at Radio City Music Hall.”
One Lucky Elephant (Doc) | Dir: Lisa Leeman | indieWIRE interviews Leeman | VillageVoice: “Admirably, and gently, raises questions about the folly and hubris of a relationship that may only ever be one-sided.”
Road to Nowhere, Monterey Media | Dir: Monte Hellman; Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain, Cliff de Young, John Diehl, Waylon Payne | indieWIRE | NYT: “[It] only partly fulfills its promise as a gripping neo-noir mystery, his stylistic hallmarks lend it a singularly haunting atmosphere.”