Thursday, April 02, 2009

What, When, Where this Weekend - Sugar, Adventureland, Alien Trespass, Paris 36

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Opening this weekend...

SUGAR, written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Premise: A chronicle of Miguel "Sugar" Santos's experience in the U.S., as the young Dominican baseball star is recruited to play in the minor leagues.

Angelika, AMC Empire 25, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

I'm not even a baseball fan and I really want to see this one. Good reviews all around. (See here or here.)

ADVENTURELAND, written and directed by Greg Mottola

Premise: During the summer of 1987, recent college grad James Brennan takes what he thinks is a going-nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to discover it's a perfect opportunity to prepare himself for the real world.


I know Cake Man wants to see this one because he's mentioned it at least fifty times since the trailer debuted. I do, too. It looks funny, I like the cast, I liked Superbad. Bring it.

PARIS 36, written by Christophe Barratier and Pierre Philippe, dir. by Christophe Barratier

Premise: In the spring of 1936, three residents of "the Faubourg," a working class neighborhood north of Paris, look to produce a musical that will bring back to life their cherished local theater.

Union Square Stadium 14

The trailer is very colorful and pretty. Is it reminding anyone else of Amelie?

ALIEN TRESPASS, written by James Swift and Steven P. Fisher, dir. by R.W. Goodwin

Premise: A sci-fi/comedy set in 1957, in which residents of a small town in the Mojave Desert make an alliance with an alien named Urp, whose ship has crash-landed on Earth and released a second creature, the monstrous Ghota, who is bent on destroying humankind.

Angelika, Clearview Chelsea, AMC Empire 25

I like that they're marketing it as a lost film from the 1950s, and readers know from my weekly Trailer Trash feature that I'm a sucker for awful movies. I'm in.

What are you doing/seeing this weekend?

1 comment:

Sara said...

I was able to catch Adventureland this weekend and I wasn't disappointed. Although it is a comedy, this movie is nothing like Superbad. Adventureland has more substance and subtle humor, so if you're expecting something along the lines of Superbad you might be disappointed.