Friday, March 28, 2008

FILM: New in Theaters - 3/28/08

There are a few good options this week. I'm kind of interested in...renting 21. I mean, a story about a bunch of college students who get schooled on how to cheat casinos out of their cold hard cash by a professor sounds intriguing, but not even the promise of a comical Aaron Yoo (Disturbia) or an actor-in-the-making like Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) could make me sit through Kate Bosworth pretending to be a seductive female lead. If that heist story doesn't interest you, perhaps Demi Moore's latest attempt to get back in the film making business, Flawless, where she partners with Michael Caine to steal a huge diamond in 1960s London will. Or not. Stop Loss also looks kind of interesting, sporting Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Channing Tatum (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) as soldiers struggling with the toll that war has taken on them and their relationships. But if you want a story showcasing a different kind of bravery, maybe you'll entertain the idea that the spoof film Superhero Movie, starring Drake Bell ("Drake & Josh") and Sara Paxton (Aquamarine), will be good. Don't look at me like that. You could have an amazing imagination.

I, on the other hand, will be watching "Friends" alum David Schwimmer's feature film directorial debut Run, Fatboy, Run, starring Simon Pegg (Sean of the Dead) and Thandie Newton (Crash). It's a hilarious story about an overweight commitment-phobe who abandoned his pregnant fiancee 5 years ago and is trying desperately to get her back. His master plan consists of proving he's a new man and losing weight so he can beat her new boyfriend (Hank Azria from Along Came Polly) in a marathon. Sounds almost ridiculous enough to work. The story was written by Michael Ian Black ("Stella"), who's actually been guest starring on "Reaper" lately as a fallen angel out to dethrone the devil, and Pegg himself, who also co-wrote Hot Fuzz. Check out the trailer below to get in a few laughs:

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