My pick for this week is....
TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED?
But I think I know the answer to the question posed in the title. It's something along the lines of “because black people stick together and that's the way Jesus likes it.” Yes, I might have had to see a Tyler Perry movie or two in the course of my employment as a film reviewer.
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I did get to see WE OWN THE NIGHT, but I can't wholeheartedly recommend it, unless you're the type of viewer for whom seeing Eva Mendes' right boob is worth any price. The whole “noble villain/short-sighted hero” bit was done way better in 3:10 TO YUMA. Basic premise: Joaquin Phoenix is a crooked nightclub owner whose brother (Marky Mark) and father (Robert Duvall) are both cops. But when crooks that Joaquin knows nearly kill his bro, he decides to turn informant. And I have to ask...this particular dilemma never came up before? Crooks never ever tried to kill his dad or brother any other time?
Regardless, there are some good sequences in there, and I like that the trailer only gave away stuff from the first half hour or so, but overall it's nothing special, really.
I am interested in MICHAEL CLAYTON, though I have only the vaguest idea what it's about. George Clooney as some type of a-hole lawyer, and the reviews I'm hearing are good. So that's my pick, but I can't give you a great reason for it this time.
And see THE HEARTBREAK KID if you haven't yet. Neither the Farrellys or Ben Stiller have been this good since their last collaboration. It's totally cynical and mean, and I love it. Malin Akerman is amazing, and I look forward to her work in WATCHMEN, as she actually looks not unlike Dave Gibbons' drawings. Be sure to stay till the very end of the credits, too.