Surveying the Field: Cowboys, Morons, and Brits with Guns

I like to sit in a darkened stadium with a bunch of strangers watching flickering blue light paint moving pictures on a screen. I like the smell of popcorn and the sound your sneakers make on the sticky floors. But I don’t have as much time as I used to for double features and have to budget my time accordingly. It’s a struggle out there to spend my time and money wisely, and more often than not Friday is a crowded field for new movie releases. That’s why scouting reports are essential to today’s modern movie-goer. Here’s what’s coming up this weekend:

3:10 to Yuma Christian Bale

3:10 to Yuma – Starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, who is at his finest when acting against another strong player. I like Westerns, especially the grim and unrelenting ones like Unforgiven or The Wild Bunch. This one looks like it has some grit to it, but I generally try to avoid seeing remakes. It’s the principle of the thing. Still…

brother solomon will arnet will forte

The Brothers Solomon– Like remakes, movies starring Saturday Night Live actors tend to keep me at bay. But I haven’t seen anything from the most recent crop of sketch comedians to pass through the show so I might be missing out on Will Forte. This movie also stars Will Arnett who played Gob on Arrested Development. Superbad also starred a veteran of the greatest show ever canceled and it did pretty well for itself. The only problem is that this movie, which revolves around a pair of clueless dopes trying to impregnate a woman doesn’t sound nearly as funny. I think I’ll pass.

shootemup clive owen paul giamatti

Shoot ’em Up – This movie looks fun. Advance reviews say that it tries to walk the razor’s edge between being an over-the-top action movie and being a parody of the same. It’s a neat trick when it works, but it can easily go off the rails. Either way the film looks frenetic and exciting. I’m expecting something like The Big Hit, only with more Giamatti. The trailers make it seem like I won’t be bored and it looks at least halfway original. I think we have a winner.

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