Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Night Movie Recommendations with Abe

Welcome to a new weekly feature here at Movies With Abe. Absent a wealth of new film reviews during the weekend, I’d like to start providing a handy guide to a few choice movies currently playing in NYC as well as several films newly released on DVD. I’ll also aim to comment on those films I have not yet had the chance to see, and I invite you to add in your thoughts on any films I haven’t seen in the comments below. Understandably, some weeks will have considerably fewer releases to address than others.

Now Playing in NYC

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (anti-recommended) is so far removed from that fantastic first film that it would almost be hard to find any trace of it were the characters not such blatant caricatures of themselves. I laughed approximately two times during the film and didn’t enjoy myself at all. The 3-D was alright, but the movie wasn’t. Read my review from yesterday.

I’m looking forward to Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, though I’m a bit worried about being disappointed given the recent stuff he’s produced. I’m hoping to see it this weekend and have a review up soon. This isn’t a big week for theatrical releases, but we’ll be getting to some pretty major fare as we approach summer.

New to DVD

The Other Woman (mixed bag) isn’t among Natalie Portman’s best or worst films from the many she’s produced over the past few years. This is a familiar story that isn’t especially well done here, and it doesn’t showcase the best efforts on the part of the newly-minted Oscar winner. It’s easily missable, though it’s hardly a terrible film to get stuck with if you’re looking for a decently interesting adultery-related drama.

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