"The CineMagic 8-Ball” – In Theaters 5/18/12

When so many movies are released each weekend and trailers often seem better than the movie itself, what should one do? In this precarious situation, we consult the The CineMagic 8-Ball (TM) to help us see through the nebulous marketing haze. Doing so just might save us all a disheartening trip to the cinema and spare us unnecessarily springing for $7 popcorn. See what the 8-Ball says about this week’s releases…

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THE DICTATOR

The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. Sasha Baron Cohen has no problem crossing the line with is jokes but that results in a split fan base that either loves or hates him. We’ll probably see it but we’ve shaken the CineMagic 8-Ball tons of times and still don’t know what to make of this movie.

The CineMagic 8-Ball saysResults uncertain. Go with your gut

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected. Something tells us this might just be this year’s Bridesmaids.

The CineMagic 8-Ball saysOutlook good

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BATTLESHIP

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. So Peter Berg gives us the unnofficial Transformers 4 replete with big boats and bigger guns, huh? Well what’s a cineplex without brainless popcorn fun right?

The CineMagic 8-Ball saysOutlook not good

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Also hitting theaters are the Samuel L. Jackson heist flick The Samaritan, the French true life police drama Polisse (Andrew LOVED it at this year’s Independent Film Festival of Boston) and the Jennifer Connelly drama/comedy Virginia. What will you be seeing? Or if you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.

Comments

  1. Andrew Crump says

    Yes, yes, yes– go see Polisse without delay if it’s playing anywhere near you. It’s an experience, a film whose more uplifting qualities are constantly undercut by the grim, ugly chaos of its characters daily lives and duties. Great stuff.

    Skip the hell out of Battleship.