Okay, so I just peeped weather.com and apparently every single state is cloudy this weekend. No, seriously. Don’t even bother looking out the window. Just get in your Prius and drive to the movie theater. What’s even opening this weekend? Funny you should ask because Eddie Murphy’s playing a loony (again) in “Imagine That,” John Travolta is a bad ass in “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” your food is killing you, if you’re curious how, then watch “Food, Inc.,” and if you’ve ever been isolated to the point of insanity, then “Moon” might push you back over the edge. And if these movies sound crappy, there’s always last week’s flicks!
The Movie: “Imagine That”
The Trailer Hitch: Eddie Murphy stars as Evan Danielson, a financial executive who is competing for top investment counselor against Johnny Whitefeather (Thomas Haden Church) who’s working his poseur Native American angle. Danielson realizes his daughter Olivia exists only when her imaginary friends start giving him eerily accurate stock advice. So a bond forms between a father and his daughter as he delves into her fantasy world of princesses and dragons, searching for stock market secrets.
The Verdict: The highlights appear to be that the 7-year-old Yara Shahidi who plays Olivia is absolutely adorable and apparently improvised circles around Murphy. Plus the script was written by “Bill & Ted” screenwriters Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson…so that’s gotta partially make up for what the story lacks. Hopefully.
The Movie: “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3″
The Trailer Hitch: A remake of the 1974 subway thriller “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,” the revised version switched Walter Matthau for Denzel Washington and gave John Travolta’s character motivation (he just got out of jail and wants revenge on New York) and a larger ransom request as the original $1 million seems rather paltry now. So Travolta goes nuts, grabs some hostages, and manages to threaten New York’s entire underground transit system by taking a train and its passengers prisoner. Denzel plays the civil servant dealing with nutter Travolta and he’s determined to save New York City from subterranean subterfuge.
The Verdict: This might be worth seeing if you’re boy has a boner for action flicks or if you care that this is the first movie these big-shot Hollywood stars have been in together.
The Movie: “Food, Inc.”
The Trailer Hitch: Because “Super Size Me” and “Fast Food Nation” obviously had such an impact on the American diet, here comes another film to tell us how we’re poisoning ourselves (mmm…bread bowl pasta), this time delving further, not just into fast food but into our groceries as well. Apparently, we’ve managed to poison everything including our tomatoes and our cow’s diets are producing new strands of E. coli that will probably poison us.
The Verdict: The author of “Fast Food Nation” is one of the documentary’s co-producers, so you know what to expect. Sure, we need to keep tabs on what goes into our bodies but the fact that everything is killing us is getting a little tedious, isn’t it?
The Movie: “Moon”
The Trailer Hitch: Set in the future, Sam Rockwell stars as a future Robinson Crusoe-esque castaway who’s sent to live on the moon for three years, mining an energy source for Earth. His only contact is with video transmissions from home and the on-board robot (voiced by Kevin Spacey). Totally isolated and mere weeks away from his return to earth, Sam becomes untethered and starts going mad.
The Verdict: I’m kind of obsessed with this movie because it’s directed by Duncan Jones who happens to be David Bowie‘s son…so the whole time I was watching this I was singing “Ground control to Major Tom..badababoom…” in my head. It appears to be a stellar performance by Sam Rockwell and thank goodness even robot smiley face Kevin Spacey is hot!