Five new movies enter the fray this weekend. They are all of the late summer variety. I cannot say that any of them jump out as a surefire hit, although they mostly have the potential to be popular. Modest films expecting modest returns. Of the five, I am only interested in two. It will be interesting to see how they do, although I am completely expecting this to be the slowest weekend we've seen since before summer started. So, do any of these titles tickle your fancy?
Vampires Suck. (2010, 88 minutes, PG-13, comedy) Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer strike again. How do these guys keep getting projects green lit? Wait, I know. They are cheap and ultimately turn a profit. I was fooled a couple of times but will not be fooled again. Their spoofs are unfunny, annoying, and a pox upon the cinematic landscape. I am certain that Vampires Suck will be no different than any of their other outings. This time the main target is the Twilight franchise and while it is certainly ripe for ridicule, this cannot be the best that can be done, can it? I like comedy, I even like stupid comedy, but there is a line that you can't cross and these guys make movies that fall on the other side of that line.
Lottery Ticket. (2010, 99 minutes, PG-13, comedy) This doesn't look all that bad, I just don't have a lot of interest in actually seeing it. The story is a simple one that appears to go a little over the top despite being completely believable. A young man and his mother who live in the projects win a huge lottery. Now they just have to make it through the holiday weekend to cash it in while avoiding their greedy neighbors. It has a good cast that includes Terry Crews, Ice Cube, Keith David, and Loretta Devine. The film stars Bow Wow.
Nanny McPhee Returns. (2010, 109 minutes, PG, family/fantasy) This does not interest me one bit. It looks like a new take on Mary Poppins and I would rather Poppins any day. This film is set in the country where a couple of country kids must co-exist with their city-bred cousins with the single mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal). To help rein them in she enlists Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson). Magic, mayhem, and flying pigs ensue. Definitely looks for the younger set.