This week the multiplexes seem practically flooded with new releases, in addition to the good things already out, so much so that Gothamist is starting to fall behind on our movie consumption. But never fear, we shall surely rally. Here's a few suggestions to guide your own weekend viewing.
To get them out of the way first, there's two sequels coming out that might be worth your time if you fall into a certain demographic subset. For those who can't get enough of former sitcom stars voicing extinct animals, the animated kid's flick Ice Age: The Meltdown reunites the voice of Ray Romano with John Leguizamo and Dennis Leary's. Is 14 years too long to wait for another glimpse of what lies beneath Sharon Stone's skirt? Some say yes and they'll be in line to see Basic Instinct 2, her newest psychological thriller. The horror flick Slither looks nice and gross while the drama ATL about two boys trying to make the bling in Atlanta seems diverting enough.
The Sundance and Gothamist fav, Awesome, I Fuckin' Shot That!, the documentary filmed by 50 fans with DV and Super 8 cameras at a Beastie Boys show in Madison Square Garden finally gets its local release. That's one that you're sure to be bopping along in your seat to the soundtrack. For fans of outsider art, the documentary about troubled musician and artist Daniel Johnston, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, is playing at the Sunshine on Houston. Also, hometown boy Steve Buscemi's newest directorial effort, Lonesome Jim, starring Casey Affleck as a disaffected young man returning home to live with his family is out at IFC Center.
If swinging scene in London during the late '60s is where you want to be, the Museum of the Moving Image will be screening Performance Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Starring Mick Jagger, James Fox and Anita Pallenberg, it captures an exchange between a gangster (Fox) and a performer (Jagger) and all the sordidness which ensues in their wake. MOMI's version has been restored to its complete X rating glory.
Who would've thought when we watched little Joseph Gordon-Levitt portraying a teenage alien on TV in the late '90s that he's become an actor drawn to such dark movie roles. After playing an abused teenage hustler in last year's Mysterious Skin, Gordon-Levitt continues in that vein with Michael Atkinson in the Village Voice says, "what's most beautiful about Brick is the consistency with which the yesteryear dynamics are used to backlight and dramatize teenage angst."