This Weekend at the Movies: August 20, 2010

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Piranha 3D
'Piranha 3D' Movie Poster
As I type this I am debating on whether or not I will head out to a midnight showing of Piranha 3D. The film was hidden from critics until the last minute when a select group from the higher profile outlets such as Variety, Movies.com, The Hollywood Reporter and Associated Press got to see it and for the most part enjoyed it. At the moment it has an 82% RottenTomatoes rating.

However, as for my comment saying it was “hidden from critics,” I am beginning to wonder if this is a ploy to get movie bloggers to pay for tickets and discuss the fact the film is being hidden. It’s an excellent way to create conversation and it won’t take away from the audience at all. After all, anyone that was going to see this wasn’t waiting on a review. As for me, I want to see it because it just seems like so much damned fun.

This film is rated R for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use.
The Tillman Story
'The Tillman Story' Movie Poster
My review pretty much says it all. This is a great documentary and one I hope you will take the time to see. I assume most people don’t spend theatrical dollars on documentaries so I can only urge you to keep an eye out for it on DVD if that’s the case, but this is a movie well worth your time, and if you’re 50/50 it’s at least worth a matinee price if you have someone worth discussing it with to go with you.

This film is rated R for language.
A Film Unfinished
'A Film Unfinished' Movie Poster
A big deal was made about the R-rating for this Holocaust film centered on the infamous Nazi-produced film about the Warsaw Ghetto. The imagery was deemed too graphic for audiences under 17 and Oscilloscope decided to surrender the rating and is releasing it unrated, which means the theaters will be extraordinarily limited and you’ll most likely have to look for this one on DVD.

This film is Unrated
Nanny McPhee Returns
'Nanny McPhee Returns' Movie Poster
This week I had an option on Tuesday night to see Nanny McPhee Returns, Vampires Suck or The Switch. I hadn’t seen the first McPhee movie, I didn’t want to see Vampires Suck and the theater The Switch was playing at was closest to my place so I went with the latter. I’ve heard good things about the original McPhee movie and this new one seems to be getting positive reviews as well. That’s about as close as I can get to offering you any advice on this title.

This film is rated PG for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements.
The Switch
'The Switch' Movie Poster
Carrie Rickey at the Philadelphia Inquirer says this is “The Jason Bateman film his fans have been waiting for.” I have no idea what that means, but as a Bateman fan myself I can tell you this is not a good movie. Bateman’s character is loathsome and the film itself is not funny, romantic or even dramatic. Miss Rickey is a bit confused I suspect.

This film is rated PG-13 or mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language.
Vampires Suck
'Vampires Suck' Movie Poster
I didn’t want to see it, so I didn’t. The fact people will shell out actual money to see it is baffling to me.

This film is rated PG-13 for crude sexual content, comic violence, language and teen partying.
Lottery Ticket
'Lottery Ticket' Movie Poster
Carrie Rickey likes this one too, and she is once again among the minority as this film currently sits at a 32% on RottenTomatoes. I didn’t have enough self-hatred to sit through it myself so I can’t offer any more help here.

This film is rated PG-13 for sexual content, language including a drug reference, some violence and brief underage drinking.
Soul Kitchen
'Soul Kitchen' Movie Poster
I really liked Fatih Akin’s Edge of Heaven and included it as an Honorable Mention in my top ten of 2008 and now he comes with Soul Kitchen, which is getting good reviews at the moment but there is no telling how wide this little indie will go. It hasn’t even been up for a screening here in Seattle yet.

This film is rated NR

Mao’s Last Dancer
'Mao's Last Dancer' Movie Poster
The trailer for this film from Driving Miss Daisy helmer Bruce Beresford looked mildly decent, but early reviews are looking a little weak, which is probably why this little film won’t end up going too far on the indie circuit.

This film is rated PG for a brief violent image, some sensuality, language and incidental smoking.