Also new in horror this week is the third “Final Destination” movie, titled “The Final Destination,” which I presume means it will be the last in the series. Until the inevitable reboot, of course. The flick comes to two flavors: regular and 3-D. For those who have no experience with the series, it’s sort of a prototypical “Saw”: a small group of people escape certain death after one has a premonition. The survivors then die one by one, in a series of increasingly elaborate set pieces. Good times.
If peace, love and happiness is more your speed, you can always opt for the Ang Lee-directed “Taking Woodstock” instead. It is, simply, a dramatization of the events leading to the famed 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair, which was moved to Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, NY in what was a last-minute change. This is edging perilously close to being my own weekend pick, being that I grew up with daily exposure to ’60s and ’70s classic rock.
Sundance fave “Big Fan” also hits theaters this week, and I can’t recommend it enough. Written and directed by “The Wrestler” scribe Robert Siegel, “Fan” follows New York Giants super-fan Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt)… well, I don’t want to spoil it. Just know that Paul is the sort of fan who lives for the local call-in sports radio show, so much so that he writes his comments out in advance. He carries on like this as a sort of lovable loser until tragedy strikes… triggering an extreme response. All I’m saying.
“The September Issue” is everything that I don’t want to see in a movie, and so I imagine that it will be quite popular. It is a documentary about Vogue and Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of the magazine. The focus here is on the print mag’s first fall issue issue, which is a hotly anticipated item for fashion-hounds everywhere.
A variety of other limited releases are set to open this week as well, including “St. Trinians,” “Mystery Team” (another Sundance fave) and the Jeff Bridges/Justin Timberlake-starring “The Open Road.” Which will get you out of the house for a weekend screening?