The Weekender: Midnight ‘City’


The World’s End (R)
Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
Written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Directed by Edgar Wright
It’s finally here. The movie I’ve been waiting for all summer. The end of the loosely related Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy is a sci-fi comedy that’s really about addiction and the dangers of nostalgia. I’ve loved everything Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have done, and I know I’ll love this too.

You’re Next* (R)
Starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, A.J. Bowen
Written by Simon Barrett
Directed by Adam Wingard
Far sillier than its effective TV spots would lead you to believe, You’re Next is a gruesome but keenly self-aware Ten Little Indians homage.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (PG-13)
Starring Lily Caollins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jemima West
Written for the screen by Jessica Postigo
Directed by Harald Zwart
Someone call the morgue. We’ve got another DOA young-adult franchise on our hands. Most ads have only shown the beautiful cast giving interviews at malls instead of clips from the film. That can’t be a good sign. Put it in the space next to Beautiful Creatures.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (NR)
Starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster
Written and directed by David Lowery
Unfortunately, I missed the screening of this Sundance hit a few weeks ago. But I still hope to catch this lyrical tale of two outlaws and the good-hearted man who keeps them apart.

Also opening:
Texas Theatre: Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (NR)

Top Pick

Own a piece of Mooney family history! That’s right. My father: the one, the only Russell Mooney, was in this movie. No, he doesn’t have a speaking part, but during a concert scene you can totally see the back of his head. This is 100 percent true. He shared the screen with such luminaries as Meat Loaf, Debbie Harry, Oscar winner Art Carney and Miss Piggy herself: Carol Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn.

To rent (click the link to watch on Netflix):
Amour (94%)
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (65%)
Epic* (64%)
Evidence (7%)
Killing Season (11%)
No One Lives (32%)
No Place on Earth (77%)
Post Tenebras Lux (53%)
Rapture-palooza (24%)
Scary Movie 5 (4%)
Shadow Dancer (82%)
This is Martin Bonner (91%)

To buy:
Comedy: Jim Norton: Please Be Offended

DVD: Betty Boop: The Essential Collection (Vol. 1)

TV: Being Human (U.K. Season 5), Boardwalk Empire (Season 3), CatDog (Season 4), The Good Wife (Season 4), Mike & Molly (Season 3), NCIS (Season 10), NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 4), Parenthood (Season 4), Revenge (Season 2), Star Trek: Enterprise (Season 2)

Blu-ray: 88 Minutes, The Awful Dr. Orlof, Death Hunt, Knock on Wood, My Favorite Spy, Off Limits, On the Double, The Tailor of Panama, The Unseen, A Virgin Living Among the Dead

Criterion: The Big City, Charulata

(Release dates and locations subject to change.)

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