If you’re determined to get out of the house this week and the cineplex is your destination, you have options. OK, some of them aren’t great options, but options nonetheless. Here’s the skinny on what’s showing. Some are must-sees, others are must-misses and some are somewhere in-between.
Every once in a while this happens in Hollywood: Somebody read the script, saw the talent attached and perused the budget. Somebody eyed the corner office at Disney. Somebody called the Lamborghini dealer and made an offer on a Malibu beach house. Somebody grinned greedily at the idea of this movie, thinking, This is my Avatar, my Pirates, my Marvel superhero movie. Somebody employed some faulty logic. Clearly, the formula Disney + Depp = dollars is not an immutable law of cinema. In layman’s terms, this movie stinks.
I know I sound like a broken record when I talk about the lack or originality in Hollywood, but prepare to be amazed. Lately, they aren’t even remaking movies, they’re just re-releasing them in 3D. Anyway, I hope you have plans for July, because you’re not going to be spending next month at the movies.
OK. This is the first of the two Snow White-themed films to be released in 2012. This one is the more light-hearted, comedic version—think the animated Disney classic. The second, Snow White and the Huntsman, is a little more, ahem, ‘Grimm.’ I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much and I would advise you to do the same. If you go in with the bar set low, you will have a satisfying movie-going experience.
The five decades J. Edgar Hoover spent as head of the then-Bureau of Investigation and the F.B.I. is quite a chunk of history. Between his unconventional personal life, his questionable tactics and his innovative investigative skills, there’s a lot of road to hoe.
Rashida Jones’ character in the film, attorney Marylin Delpy, gives Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) a pat on the back as the lawsuits wind down, saying “every creation story needs a devil.” It is abundantly clear, from this version of the story, who the devil is when it comes to the creation of Facebook. It’s no secret that a lot of people hate Mark Zuckerberg, but it occurs to me that the person who seems to hate him the most is Zuckerberg himself.