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…
ROCK OF AGES
Small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO SPeedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. Not much of a musical guy but Tom Cruise never gives any less than 100% in a role. Can’t wait to see just how over-the-top he is here.
The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Results uncertain. Go with your gut”
YOUR SISTER’S SISTER
A year after his brother’s death, Jack is still emotionally fragile. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Iris decides to intervene. She gets Jack to oil up his old bike and drive out to her father’s cabin on an island on Puget Sound, where she hopes he will be able to work through things. When Jack arrives at the cabin, he does not find restorative solitude but instead Iris’ sister Hannah, nursing a wounded heart and a bottle of tequila. After throwing back a few drinks, these two end up getting to know each other a little more intimately. Their hangover wake-up call arrives the next morning in the form of Iris with a bag of groceries in hand.
The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook good”
THAT’S MY BOY
While still in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd’s 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd’s world comes crashing down on the eve of his wedding when an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills. If you ask us, this should be re-titled: Adam Sandler – Now It’s Just Sad.
The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook not good”
Also hitting theaters this weekend are a slew of indies including this trio of Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, The Tortured, and The Girl From the Naked Eye all playing in limited release. What will you be seeing? Or if you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.