Weekend Preview - July 27

I've heard of big-screen TVs, but I didn't know they came this big. Cuz I watched an episode of The Simpsons last night, and it was on the biggest TV screen ever. Like movie screen size. Ah, but I kid about The Simpsons Movie, opening today on 18 gazillion screens. If you like the show, you'll like the movie. If you don't like the show, there's no point.

Opening on slightly fewer screens is the charming No Reservations, and I'm delighted to say that Hollywood did not ruin the lovely 2002 German film, Mostly Martha, upon which it is based. Of course, we all could have just rented Mostly Martha, but oh, we know how American audiences are about reading subtitles. Anyway, Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart are perfectly wonderful here, as actual grownups stumbling toward a romantic relationship. Romantic comedies for adults are so rare: here's one.

Also opening wide: I Know Who Killed Me and Who's Your Caddy. Neither one was screened for critics, and we know what that means. I'll see the Lindsay Lohan presumed disaster -- I mean her movie, not her latest court appearance -- this morning and report later at FlickFilosopher.com, if you really must know precisely how terrible it is. (Nothing could drag me into the caddy movie. Nothing.)

Teeny tiny openings: Arctic Tale, on four screens. This is a heartbreaking documentary about a baby polar bear and a baby walrus whose icebound homes are being destroyed by global warming. And This Is England, on one screen, is Shane Meadows' semiautobiographical movie about growing up hard and fast in 1980s Britain. Unless you're in NYC or LA, you'll probably have to wait for DVD on these two, but they'll be worth seeing then, too.

Lots of expansions this week: Rescue Dawn is up to 500 screens; Sunshine is up to 460; Once is up to 131, and Talk to Me is up to 115.

So many good movies, so little time. So unusual in the summer. But still so not fair.


MaryAnn Johanson (email me)

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