Sneak Preview: Movies opening this week
Judd Apatow productions have become the most august of August movies, and this one starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as stoners on the run from a killer cop and drug lord is practically guaranteed to follow in the lofty footsteps of ``The 40-Year-Old Virgin'' and ``Superbad.'' But I’m a little puzzled over the decision to entrust the story to director David Gordon Green, whose previous four movies have been shoe-gazing downers. Does he even know what comedy is?
THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2
Same four girls, same old magical pants and more of the same mix of family drama and wayward romances. The only difference is that they’re no longer girls, and two of them, Blake Lively and America Ferrara, are now the ones with the hit TV shows and Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn are the ones scrounging for Hollywood’s scraps.
MAN ON WIRE
James Marsh’s acclaimed documentary about Philippe Petit, the Frenchman who famously walked a tightrope he clandestinely strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, examines the thirst for adventure and the power of determination in conquering the impossible. Incorporating a combination of home movies, archival footage and re-enactments to accent interviews with Petit and the people who helped him pull it off, Marsh gets to the heart of what makes a man so eager to cheat death.
BOTTLE SHOCK: The husband and wife team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin tell the true story about a 1976 event that put California wines on the map.
BOY A: A 24-year-old career criminal (Andrew Garfield) takes on a new identity upon his release from prison, but struggles with his past as he tries to go straight.
IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS: Borrowing (read: stealing) a page from ``Before Sunrise,'' two strangers in Los Angeles find love unexpectedly.
HELL RIDE: In a throwback to some of the great drive-in movies from the 1960s, two outlaw biker gangs wage war on one another.
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