First, check out J.J. Abrams' Spielberg homage, Super 8: you'll have fun discussing it afterwards.
This weekend also brings a spate of decent if not well-reviewed films, from docs (Queen of the Sun, One Lucky Elephant) and a foreign romance (Bride Flight) to Michael Winterbottom's improvised Brit road trip comedy (The Trip) and foreign monster film (Trollhunter). Dare we says its a good time to be a cinephile? We would, if it weren't for the top two films at the box office: X-Men: First Class, despite well-cast leads Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, has female troubles too crippling to ignore, and you know how we feel about Very Bad Trip 2.
Trailers, reviews and film details below:
Super 8, Paramount | Dir: J. J. Abrams; Cast: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso | indieWIRE http://www.indiewire.com/film/super_8/ | TOH! Review Round-Up | Spielberg & Abrams, Q & A.
The Trip, IFC (UK) | Dir: Michael Winterbottom; Cast: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Claire Keelan, Margo Stilley | B+ indieWIRE http://www.indiewire.com/film/the_trip/ | Leonard Maltin: "if you’re at all an Anglophile, or have a taste for show business chatter, I think you’re on the right track…Just one word of warning: don’t go hungry. The meals look absolutely incredible." | indieWIRE's pick of the week.
Trollhunter, Magnet Releasing (Norway) | Dir: André Ovredal; Cast: Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Hans Morten Hansen, Johanna Mørch, Tomas Alf Larsen | indieWIRE: "A Monster of a Mock Doc" | Paste: "In every sense, Troll Hunter lives up to its ridiculous name and premise."
Bride Flight, Music Box Films (Netherlands / Luxembourg) | Dir: Ben Sombogaart; Cast: Waldemar Torenstra, Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver, Elise Schaap, Rutger Hauer, Pleuni Touw | indieWIRE | NYP: "The kind of lush, epic romantic weepie that Hollywood used to deliver on a regular basis for packed matinees at Radio City Music Hall."
One Lucky Elephant (Doc) | Dir: Lisa Leeman | indieWIRE interviews Leeman | VillageVoice: "Admirably, and gently, raises questions about the folly and hubris of a relationship that may only ever be one-sided."
Road to Nowhere, Monterey Media | Dir: Monte Hellman; Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain, Cliff de Young, John Diehl, Waylon Payne | indieWIRE | NYT: "[It] only partly fulfills its promise as a gripping neo-noir mystery, his stylistic hallmarks lend it a singularly haunting atmosphere."