Before diving in with the coming weekend releases, let's take a look at last week's poll results. Despite coming in behind both "The Hangover" and "Up" at the box office this weekend, 33% of you chose Tony Scott's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" as your weekend pick.
Surprisingly, the Eddie Murphy family fantasy "Imagine That" flopped in at #6 on the charts even though it took 26% of your votes here. Duncan Jones' sci-fi head-trip "Moon" came in at third with 19%, despite only opening in New York and Los Angeles this weekend.
I pushed through a sinus infection yesterday and forced myself to check out "Moon." A really excellent film. As one viewer put it during the post-screening Q&A with the director, "it's the most beautiful $5 million dollar movie I've ever seen." "Moon" opens wide on July 10 and is definitely worth the ticket. Even MTV's Kurt Loder says so.
The coming weelend brings the next of the big summer comedies: the Jack Black/Michael Cera-led Biblical farce "Year One." This one is an easy pick for me. Cera rarely disappoints and Black tends to feed off of those surrounding him, which in this case includes Paul Rudd, David Cross, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin'!!), Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the script with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Stupnitsky and Eisenberg are currently working on a new "Ghostbusters" script for Ramis, so "Year One' is also a good opportunity for fans to see how the trio works together.
Also opening this weekend is rom-com "The Proposal." Sandra Bullock stars as the top dog at a publishing company who stages a fake marriage with her assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) in order to avoid being deported to her distant homeland of Canada. A government investigation into the pairing forces the couple to spend a family weekend with Andrew's parents in Alaska, and real love predictably blossoms. Not exactly my scene, but the solid cast and PG-13 ought to give the proceedings more zing than your typical rom-com.
For those who like to travel off the beaten path for their film viewing, Sam Mendes' "Away We Go" opens wide this weekend. There's also Tommy Wirkola's Nazi zombie gorefest "Dead Snow," which came out of Sundance '09 buzzing. I unfortunately did not get to see it while I was there, and I intend to correct that this weekend. Non-coastal zombie lovers will have to wait though; "Dead Snow" is only opening in limited release this weekend.
Okay, your turn. What are you looking forward to seeing this weekend?