There are two major releases this weekend, both of which were duly screened for critics, but both of which I missed due to my being in Austin for the South by Southwest Film Festival. I will catch them and post reviews as soon as possible, but probably not before midweek. In the meantime, a brief description:
“PREMONITION” (1 hr., 50 min.; rated PG-13 for some violent content, disturbing images, thematic material and brief language) Sandra Bullock decides that since “The Lake House” went so well, she should do another time-bending drama. This time, she has a premonition that her husband will die, then sets out to stop it.
“I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE” (1 hr., 35 min.; rated R for pervasive language and some sexual content) Chris Rock wrote, directed, and stars in this allegedly sophisticated comedy about a man who is tempted to cheat on his wife, whom the title has already revealed he thinks he loves. The temptress is Kerry Washington. I would totally leave Chris Rock’s wife for her.
Also: One of Hollywood’s Shameful Secrets (films that don’t get screened for critics before they open, 99 percent of the time because they’re really bad) opens today. It’s called “DEAD SILENCE,” it’s from the director of the first “Saw” movie, and I believe it involves a ventriloquist’s dummy. I can’t imagine what else you’d need to know.
Meanwhile, I can recommend two excellent horror comedies, now in limited release: “THE HOST,” a monster movie from Korea; and “BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON,” a mockumentary about a guy who wants to be the next Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. Both are funny and scary and worth seeking out.
You can listen to this week’s somewhat abbreviated edition of “In the Dark” here.