In case you hadn't noticed, the Big Explosive Summer Movie Season ended last week with the release of Alien vs. Predator. Many would argue that it ended the week before that, when Collateral, the last blockbuster of the summer, was released. Regardless, there are no "event" films opening this week. But there are more independent films than usual, so I'm taking some space to weed through all the titles in order to point out a few that might otherwise get overlooked.
First, if you've been planning to see Metallica: Some Sort of Monster, you had best haul it over to AMC Castleton Arts today or Thursday, because the film is gone after that. Also, fans of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban who want to see the remastered version on the six-story screen at the IMAX in the Indiana State Museum have today and Thursday before Harry goes bye-bye. Remember, these are your LAST CHANCES.
Now, onto your choices for this weekend. For the kids, Benji the dog is back in Benji: Off the Leash, his first film since 1987. God, it took forever to get that pooch out of rehab! No reviews are in for the film yet. No reviews for Exorcist: The Beginning yet, either.
Garden State, on the other hand, has 94 reviews posted on the outstanding rottentomatoes.com critics pages and the results are 89 percent positive, a remarkably high percentage. Zack Braff from Scrubs wrote, directed and stars in the quirky coming-of-age film. I want to see this one.
Another film I hope to check out is The Story of the Weeping Camel which, out of 75 reviews, got a stunning 95 percent approval rating. The magical tale of a nomadic Mongolian family who reunite a baby camel with its mother is opening at AMC Castleton Arts.
My Picks of the Week: One of my favorite films so far this year is the charming A Home at the End of the World, starring Colin Ferrell, Robin Wright Penn and Dallas Roberts. You have only one more week to check out this sweet, touching little movie. Also at Key Cinemas is my other pick, Maria Full of Grace. The story of a poor Columbian girl who becomes a drug-running "mule" is enlivened by a charismatic lead performance by Catalina Sandino Moreno and the realistic presentation style of its first-time director.