Friday movie roundup – Feb. 23

What’s that you say? You’d like a week of great new movies! Sorry, bub. You’re out of luck. All we’ve got are these three mediocrities.

“The Number 23” is ridiculous and laughable — but to be fair, it’s probably no more ridiculous and laughable than you thought it was going to be.

“The Astronaut Farmer” is the first big-time mainstream film for twin filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish, and I’m sorry to say it’s not very noteworthy.

And finally, “Reno 911!: Miami,” whose punctuation gives me the vapors, is just like the TV show it’s based on: 25 percent hilarious, 75 percent tiresome.

More on these films, plus the new DVD releases and so forth, can be found in this week’s “In the Dark.” The podcast version of “In the Dark” (which you can hear right here)has an anecdote about one of the screenings that might inspire discussion.

Don’t forget the Oscars are this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. EST) on ABC. My predictions are here; feel free to make your own, and have your friends make their own, and then you have a game! It’s fun!

And let me also remind you that the various Eric D. Snider merchandise is almost gone. I’m down to my last 10 copies or so of everything except the “Snide Remarks” book, of which I have about 50. The chances of reprinting any of the items are slim, so now’s the time to buy, if you’re going to.