Niagara Gazette


March 12, 2008

MOVIES: Spring movie season set to begin

The weather outside may not reflect it just yet, but when it comes to movie season, spring has sprung.

The season kicked off this month with an above-average heist caper in “The Bank Job” and a special effects showcase in “10,000 B.C.” Not to mention Disney’s G-rated “College Road Trip,” which tried to pass off random, non-attributed phrases as critical raves in its commercial. Night & Day doesn’t fall for such tricks.

And so, as the forgettable films of January and February melt from our minds, Night & Day takes a look at the season — both good and bad — before another inevitable blockbuster summer.

March 14

• “Horton Hears a Who” — Another big screen Dr. Seuss adaptation, this one a computer-animated film starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in the tale of an elephant who discovers a microscopic community on a speck of dust. Hopefully, this film does the good doctor right and doesn’t become a debacle like the Mike Myers movie version of “The Cat in the Hat.”

• “Funny Games” — Director Michael Haneke remakes his own film for English audiences 10 years after the original. A horror film which aims to both shock and provide some sort of commentary on violence; not an easy balancing act.

• “Never Back Down” — Who is the audience here? It’s about high school kids and an underground fight club, which may appeal to teenage boys, but in previews, the film looks far too sanitized (and PG-13) to excite any self-respecting, testosterone-filled teen.

March 21

• “Drillbit Taylor” — Owen Wilson’s back on the silver screen as a cheap bodyguard working for a few kids. The good: Wilson is usually pretty funny, and the screenplay was co-written by Seth Rogen, star of “Knocked Up” and co-writer of “Superbad.” The bad: The trailer just isn’t funny. And if they can’t find any good bits to put in the preview ...

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