Don Bauder 6:30 p.m., May 22
Opening This Week
David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis opens Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas. Matt was still on vacation when the film previewed. I have never said a bad word about David Cronenberg, and am not about to start now. You folks will have to form your own opinions.
Who would have thought that a film starring Frank Langella and a mechanical man would amount to anything? Robot and Frank, which also stars James Marsden and Liv Tyler, starts Friday at Landmark's La Jolla Village. Watch for my review tomorrow.
Beloved asks the question, why bring AIDS and 9/11 to an otherwise affectionate musical tribute to the films of Jacques Demy? Is it because the director felt the need to rely on the two greatest tragedies in recent history to add depth to his otherwise flimsy characters and plotline? Rent the Demme/Winfrey collaboration instead. Beloved opens tomorrow at The Ken.
The Apparition doesn't screen until 8 p.m. tonight, so I will chime with my thoughts on that and Premiun Rush this weekend.
Two films that did find me seated fourth row, center are 360 and Hit and Run. If given the choice between a prestige picture with an international all-star cast and an affectionate exploitation romp in the tradition of Smokey and the Bandit, which do you think I'm going with?