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Five Strange, Dead Basterds Copy My Headless Dad's Mutha Complex: Your Weekend Options

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire August 21, 2009 at 4:52AM

The penultimate weekend of the summer movie season brings a (in)glourious mixed bag of specialty cinema to choose from: There's the wide release of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" - which brings with it both Brad Pitt fighting some nazis, and The Weinstein Company's best shot at salvaging their tarnished financial record; Lucrecia Martel's "The Headless Woman" - which indieWIRE's Eric Hynes calls "both subtle and forceful"; Spike Lee's acclaimed "Passing Strange," which documents the gone-too-soon Broadway musical of the same name; Oliver Hirschbiegel's Liam Neeson starrer "Five Minutes of Heaven," which takes on the Irish political divide and won the directing award for world dramatic cinema at its Sundance premiere earlier this year; There's even some Robin Williams - starring in "one of the oddest comedic star vehicles since Jim Carrey reached his outer limits in 'The Cable Guy'" - Bobcat Goldthwait's "World's Greatest Dad." Add that to a documentary about the most influential advertising visionaries of our time, another filmed themed around Irish politics - this time starring Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess, an Oscar nominated German import, a beautifully titled new film from Melvin Van Peebles, and Renee Zelwegger's latest attempt being relevant again... and you've got yourself some overwhelming choices to make.
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The penultimate weekend of the summer movie season brings a (in)glourious mixed bag of specialty cinema to choose from: There's the wide release of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" - which brings with it both Brad Pitt fighting some nazis, and The Weinstein Company's best shot at salvaging their tarnished financial record; Lucrecia Martel's "The Headless Woman" - which indieWIRE's Eric Hynes calls "both subtle and forceful"; Spike Lee's acclaimed "Passing Strange," which documents the gone-too-soon Broadway musical of the same name; Oliver Hirschbiegel's Liam Neeson starrer "Five Minutes of Heaven," which takes on the Irish political divide and won the directing award for world dramatic cinema at its Sundance premiere earlier this year; There's even some Robin Williams - starring in "one of the oddest comedic star vehicles since Jim Carrey reached his outer limits in 'The Cable Guy'" - Bobcat Goldthwait's "World's Greatest Dad." Add that to a documentary about the most influential advertising visionaries of our time, another filmed themed around Irish politics - this time starring Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess, an Oscar nominated German import, a beautifully titled new film from Melvin Van Peebles, and Renee Zelwegger's latest attempt being relevant again... and you've got yourself some overwhelming choices to make.

So as per usual, indieWIRE offers solace in our trusty film calendar. Below are links to film pages for ten of this weekend's releases, where you can view trailers, check out reviews, and rate the films yourself:

Doug Pray's Art & Copy
Uli Edels's The Baader Meinhof Complex
Melvin Van Peebles's Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha
Kari Skogland's Fifty Dead Men Walking
Oliver Hirschbiegel's Five Minutes Of Heaven
Lucrecia Martel's The Headless Woman
Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds
Richard Loncraine's My One and Only
Spike Lee's Passing Strange
Bobcat Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad





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