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The weekend in movies 6/25

Grown Ups
Playing at Maple Ridge; Market Arcade Dipson; McKinley Mall; Transit, Elmwood, Galleria, Hollywood Regals; Flix
It was bound to happen. After two decades of these guys headlining their own films, popping up with small roles in each others' work, they have finally found the project to play pretend for a full two hours. Directed by Adam Sandler regular Dennis Dugan, Grown Ups sees Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider as childhood friends reuniting years later with their new families. I'm sure it will have its moments, but I just don't think I'll be able to drag myself to the theatres in order to find out.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Playing at Eastern Hills Dipson
Joan Rivers is 75 years old. And she thinks we've forgotten about her—as if that's possible. The elastically-challenged comedienne is the subject of the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and the film has been getting rave reviews. I'll admit that her life and career must be pretty darn entertaining to watch, so despite only having enjoyed her in Spaceballs, I'm very intrigued to find out more.

Knight and Day
Playing at Maple Ridge; Market Arcade Dipson; Transit, Elmwood, Galleria, Hollywood, Quaker Regals; Flix; Transit Drive-In
Here is the film I've been waiting for since those horrid trailers for Killers littered television time. Starring Cameron Diaz as a woman caught up in the spy world of new acquaintance Tom Cruise, they say it's a return to form for the ex-box office giant, recent couch jumper, and I have to say it's about time. Despite his eccentricities off-camera, the guy is great in front of it. And mixing Mission: Impossible heroics with the comedy you know he's capable of, makes this one to check out—even if the studio refused to screen it for Buffalo press.

Playing at Amherst Dipson
Neil Jordan's newest film Ondine screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and finally is getting its due in limited release. Starring Colin Farrell, the story deals with an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman he believes is a mermaid. Described as a fantasy/drama, press has been pretty good. Use it as a way to re-familiarize yourself with Farrell as he comes out of exile to star in a few new films in 2011.

Solitary Man
Playing at North Park Dipson
Another 2009 TIFF entry, Solitary Man has been giving Michael Douglas very nice notices. The role seems to recall his character in Wonder Boys as he plays a business magnate watching his life fall apart due to indiscretions in his personal and professional spheres. It comes from the writing team behind the wonderfully underrated Rounders and includes a really good comedic cast. In my opinion, this might be the new release choice to see.

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