Don Bauder 5:30 p.m., July 27
Opening this week
This week's big opening is Cloud Atlas, a multi-character, multi-narrative collaboration between the enormously gifted Tom Twkwer and the at times entertaining Wachowski Brothers. After struggling with some of the film's high concepts, Mr. L concludes, "the grand-scale visuals are a pleasure to behold, the various threads are woven as artfully as can be expected, and even at its goofiest, the film manages to feel like an old-fashioned epic."
It's awards season and that means another week, another Holocaust film. Simon and the Oaks is notable for its outstanding production design and a shockingly unsentimental depiction of a concentration camp victim.
Fun Size was not screened from the press. Damn! Goddamn! I'll see it this weekend and report back.
Even though Matthew wasn't crazy about Nobody Walks (currently at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) it promises "a highly sexualized Olivia Thirlby." Count me in!
Don't dare deign model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn in Luis Prieto's remake of Pusher, Nicolas Winding Refn's (Drive) breakout film. It opens today at the Gaslamp.
If you're looking for something to take the kids to, Chasing Mavericks is passable family fare.
Somewhere Between is a documentary about four Chinese girls forced to live in different parts of the U.S. due to China's "One Child Policy." You can catch it this week at Landmark's Ken Cinema.
With Halloween less than a week away it's no surprise that movie screens are being filled with horrors of all sorts. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the sequel to a video game I never played and a movie I never saw, opens wide today.
Fans of Sasquatch won't want to miss Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes currently playing at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15.
Bad Blood...the Hunger looks to be a low budget, R-rated spooktacular directed by and starring Conrad Janis. (Remember him from Mork and Mindy?) On board to hopefully reprise her role as Carrie's mom for the umpteenth time is the inimitable Ms. Piper Laurie. The film opens today exclusively at Regal Parkway Plaza.
And last, but certainly not least, Lakeside's Paul Blevins finally unveils his True Love Zombie tonight at 11:45pm at Landmark's Ken Cinema.