New Releases: 'Super 8', 'Judy Moody', Michael Caine Impressions

June 10, 2011


New movies you can see!

Super 8
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Train Alien
Good if you want to see: a Steven Spielberg-esque '70s film transplanted to modern theaters by J.J. Abrams. Sadly, Richard Dreyfuss did not survive the time travel procedure.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Director: John Schultz
Starring: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham
Good if you want to see: the children's book character brought to screens and Heather Graham allowed to keep her shirt on... for now.

And, in limited release:

The Trip (limited)
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
Good if you want to see: a Tristram Shandy reunion and, hand down, the best Ray Winstone impression committed to film.

Troll Hunter (limited)
Director: André Øvredal
Starring: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum
Good if you want to see: Norwegian film students on a hunt for trolls. Hint: try a Cracker Barrel gift shop circa 1992.

Bride Flight (limited)
Director: Ben Sombogaart
Starring: Elise Schaap, Petra Laseur, Karina Smulders
Good if you want to see: I'm not sure. I'm still digesting that this isn't a dating-on-a-plane Fox reality show or a straight-to-video sequel to Runaway Bride.

Viva Riva! (limited)
Director: Djo Munga
Starring: Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Diplome Amekindra
Good if you want to see: a gangster film from the Democratic Republic of Congo, because admit it, you've never seen a gangster film from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and what you're imagining it being is racist.

One Lucky Elephant (limited)
Director: Lisa Leeman
Good if you want to see: a documentary about an elephant raised to be a performer but no longer happy with its life, leading circus producer David Balding to attempt to retire the creature and reunite it with other elephants. But we all know how that turns out.

Road to Nowhere (limited)
Director: Monte Hellman
Starring: Tygh Runyan, Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain
Good if you want to see: a twisted tale of deception, murder, suicide, and a confusing mix of reality versus fiction. But if you get too confused, you can always just stare at Shannyn Sossamon's head, right?

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