Indie Weekend: 'Attack the Block,' 'The Future,' Original 'Conan' and 'Fright Night'

Attack the Block

Opening in Dallas today, Friday, August 19, 2011 (listed in order of priority):

  • ‘Attack the Block.’ Funny and thrilling creature feature from director Joe Cornish imagines aliens landing in a UK housing project, leaving a gang of kids to save the world. The film fuses elements of horror, science fiction, humor, into an action suspense flick that consistently delights and surprises. (AMC Northpark.) Highly recommended.
  • ‘The Future.’ Miranda July’s long-awaited follow-up to ‘Me, You, and Everyone We Know’ follows a couple who loses their cat. (Landmark Magnlia.) Not previewed.
  • 80s Originals, in 35mm. Great idea! With the remakes opening wide, the Texas Theatre presents the original versions of ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and ‘Fright Night.’ If you only have time and/or money for one, choose ‘Fright Night,’ a lovable horror-comedy with a great cast (Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowell, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse) having a good time; written and directed by Tom Holland. (The Texas Theatre.) Recommended.

Wide across the Metroplex (listed in order of preference):

  • ‘Fright Night.‘ Colin Farrell is a vampire who moves next door to Anton Yelchin, bringing terror to his mother (Toni Collette), girlfriend (Imogen Poots), and former best friend (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). My review at Twitch. Recommended.
  • Conan the Barbarian.’ Marcus Nispel directs the remake of John Milius’ original, with Jason Momoa stepping in for Ah-nuld. Advance word has not been pretty, but suggests that fans of relentless ultra-violence may be in for a treat. Not previewed.
  • One Day.’ Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in a bittersweet romance about two friends and their very intimate relationship over 20 years. The bitter outweights the sweet. My review at Twitch. Not recommended.
  • Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World.’ Robert Rodriguez’ latest sequel stars Jessica Alba. Not shown in advance to the press, but the first few reviews have been quite negative. Not previewed.

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