Friday movie roundup – April 23

Bad news, everybody! Both of the new releases this weekend are bad. “The Losers,” which wants very much to be “The A-Team,” is the kind of bad that’s bearable. But “The Back-Up Plan,” starring Jennifer Lopez as a woman who gets artificially inseminated and THEN meets the man of her dreams, is the intolerable kind of bad. I will not tolerate it.

Oh, and there’s “Oceans,” a nature documentary, but it didn’t screen for critics in Portland, so it’s dead to me.

“Best Worst Movie,” a very fun documentary about terrible cult favorite “Troll 2,” opens today at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. It’ll hit New York and L.A. in a couple weeks and spread out from there. I’ll remind you about it later, but any Austinites within the sound of my e-voice should check it out immediately.

What was I up to over at this week? Golly, there was What’s the Big Deal?, focused on “La Dolce Vita,” a film I like very much. Then there was Eric’s Bad Movies, featuring “American Ninja,” about a ninja who is — wait for it — American. I also wrote a piece explaining the differences between the upcoming “Furry Vengeance” and the upcoming “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake.

Last Friday, I debuted a new column at Cinematical about religion in film. It’s called Cinemaligion! I love that title because it’s terrible but memorable. Cinemaligion! You should say it out loud. Anyway, the first Cinemaligion column is about “Footloose.” The feature will run every two weeks.

Thanks to everyone who’s been listening to “Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider” at! Remember, you can listen live at 11 a.m. (Pacific) every Friday at, or get the recording a couple hours later at the website or from iTunes. (Once again, ignore the “explicit” tag. We keep it PG.) Jeff is out of town this week, so I have a guest sidekick, Portland filmmaker and personal acquaintance Andy Blubaugh. Listen to us, won’t you? WON’T YOU? WHY WON’T YOU??

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