Friday Night at the Movies


Thinking about catching a flick this weekend? Here's what to see...


It's a sketchy week for good movies opening or screening. This might be the week to catch up with already-opened movies you haven't yet seen. Among new films, here are two that got at least a few decent reviews.

EXTRACT: A workplace tragicomedy from Mike Judge (Office Space, TV's King of the Hill) about a small-business owner trying to muddle through his outwardly successful but inwardly cruddy life. (area theaters)
City Pages: "Extract isn't as laugh-out-loud funny as its predecessor, Office Space. Which isn't meant as criticism but rather as a warning: Extract can, at times, feel uncomfortably real."
Star Tribune: 2 stars Pioneer Press: 3.5 stars 59% positive

MY ONE AND ONLY: A light coming-of-ager about the 1953 cross-country adventures of teenage George (Logan Lerman), his swish half-brother, Robbie (Mark Rendall), and their Blanche DuBois-like mother, Anne (Renée Zellweger), who leaves her philandering band-leader spouse (Kevin Bacon) in New York. (Edina Cinema)
City Pages: "Occasionally diverting. ... Zellweger fully commits to her bargain-basement Tennessee Williams character, if not a consistently Southern accent."
Star Tribune: 3 stars Pioneer Press: 3 stars 71% positive


COLD SOULS: Critics have been decidedly mixed on this dark comedy about an actor (Paul Giamatti, playing something like himself) who tries to improve his brooding personality by undergoing a medical procedure to remove his soul. But most reviewers have been smitten by its smart humor and Giamatti's performance. (area theaters)

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS: The over-the-top violence is not everyone's thing, but Quentin Tarantino fans will enjoy this energetic and inventive film about a group of WWII Jewish resistors taking revenge on the Nazis. It may be a tad long and a little too pleased with itself, but it's tough to resist the enthusiastic performances and terrific dialogue--if you're not put off by the juvenile premise or cartoonish savagery." (area theaters)

INTO TEMPTATION: Minneapolis and the Stone Arch Bridge play supporting roles in this locally made film, starring Jeremy Sisto and Kristin Chenoweth. When a cool Catholic priest hears a confession from a call girl who says she is planning to kill herself soon, he launches a personal quest through Minneapolis's sexual underworld to find her. (Lagoon Cinema)

PONYO: Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki is back with a riff on Hans Christian Andersen's classic The Little Mermaid, but with a Miyazakian twist: the mermaid is an anthropomorphic goldfish with magical powers, and her handsome prince is a five-year-old schoolboy. (area theaters)

YOO-HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG: This charming documentary about Gertrude Berg, a little-remembered radio and TV star from the mid-20th century, is a definite sleeper. Playing a matronly, sweet-tempered Jewish woman in her shows, Berg was a savvy businesswoman who became one of the most successful media stars of her day. (Edina Cinema)


THE WARRIORS: In this dystopian 1979 cult favorite from director Walter Hill, gangs have taken over New York. One group of delinquents has been wrongly accused of a gang murder and must try to get safely back to their home turf with most of New York's criminal element on their tail. (Trylon, Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m.)

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