Last summer, audiences fell hard for Owen Wilson's aging frat boy with a heart of gold routine in The Wedding Crashers. This weekend, he brings his lunkhead prat falls to the comedy You, Me and Dupree with co-stars Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson and Michael Douglas. From the previews it looks like most of the humor is scatological in nature but do you really need anything more complex in an A/C-tastic cineplex? Another movie up that similar fish out of water alley, is the new Wayans comedy Little Man about a tiny jewel thief and the family who puts him in diapers thinking he's a sweet baby. Awww, isn't it adorable when Marlon smacks Shawn upside the head with a frying pan?
If you'd like something a little more indie and produced domestically, there's a bunch of options for you. First time director, Nick Guthe captures thirteen's Nikki Reed as a LA teenage femme fatale in Mini's First Time with Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson and Carrie Anne Moss. William H. Macy reunites with writer David Mamet in Edmond in the film version of Mamet's play about a bored businessman meeting a fortune teller. On Friday after the 6:35 pm screening at Lincoln Plaza, Macy and director Stuart Gordon will be on hand for a Q&A. They'll also be answering questions after the 8:10 pm showing at the Quad cinema on Saturday.
The producers of The Oh in Ohio, an indie starring Parker Posey, Paul Rudd and Danny Devito about a housewife discovering her sexuality, are hosting informal premiere parties around the country as their movie opens this weekend. They suggest seeing the film on Friday at the 7:30pm screening at the Loews 19th St, then heading down to the B Bar (40 E. Fourth St.). The Groomsman, a new film by Ed Burns which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, comes out this weekend. Yes, it's another Burns movie about a young guy not ready to commit to having a family. The actor/director will be on hand for a Q&A following the 5:30 pm Friday screening and the 3:20 pm Saturday screening at the Village East.
A new French film, Gabrielle stars the always wonderful Isabelle Huppert as a wife in a disintegrating Belle Epoque marriage based on the Joseph Conrad short story, "The Return." The Reverse Shot critics reviewed it this week on indieWire and seemed to find it a quite engaging familial drama. Another flick for Francophiles, Time to Leave, François Ozon's newest about a terminally ill fashion photographer begins its limited release run this weekend.
For the months of July and August, the Museum of the Moving Image is putting on Wednesday night outdoor movies in Socrates Park in Queens. This week's screening on July 19 is Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries starring the yummy Gael García Bernal as a young Che Guevara. The way that the camera captures Guevara and his friend traveling all over South America on their motorcycles is really breath-taking, and really worth a viewing if you've never seen it.
From Saturday through next Wednesday, Pioneer Theater in the East Village will host the Her Voice, Her View Festival a series of over 40 films by and about women. In addition to offering empowerment, voices from around the world and documentaries galore, there'll also be goody bags.
BAM Cinématek kicks off their Bad Guys, Badasses, and Other Mean Spirits: Great Villains in Cinema series tonight with Tod Browning's 1931 horror classic with Bela Lugosi, Dracula. The rest of the weekend features more iconic performances from Robert Mamoulian's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde on Friday and then Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho on Saturday and Rebecca on Sunday. Head out to Brooklyn and root for your own favorite misunderstood freak show.