A diverse batch of movies hits South Florida this weekend, beginning with the eye-popping Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which was co-directed by Miami's Phil Lord. Here is Sue Corbett's excellent Weekend cover story about the making of the film, and here is my review. See it in IMAX (or even Liemax) if you can. It's worth it.
Also opening is Jennifer's Body, stripper-turned-screenwriter Diablo Cody's follow-up to her Oscar-winning Juno. The movie's subtexts are more interesting than what's actually onscreen, but they're great subtexts.
Another Miami homeboy (or at least part-time Miami resident), Matt Damon, stars in Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!, a fascinating fact-based drama turned into a comedy simply by the director's approach. The movie is fine by itself, but it also doubles as a primer for film students on how to achieve and maintain a particular tone, no matter what your subject matter happens to be.
The ever-intrepid Connie Ogle reviews the Jennifer Aniston-Aaron Eckhart romantic drama Love Happens, calling it "lazy... but not unbearable." Distributor Samuel Goldwyn didn't bother to tell me that Paul Giamatti's Cold Souls was opening this week, or else I would have reviewed it myself. The film sounds very intriguing.
At the Cosford Cinema, the documentary Unmistaken follows a Buddist monk's search for the reincarnated soul of his teacher. At the Miami Beach Cinematheque, the excellent Afghan Star, about Afghanistan's version of Star Search and the consequences faced by its contestants (particularly the women), returns for another weekend run. I've found myself thinking a lot about this movie since I reviewed it in July. It's terrific.
The Tower Cinema in Little Havana is featuring a showcase of Colombian films this week, along with the U.S. premiere of La Mala, the story of a young woman obsessed with becoming a singer. Check out the theater's complete schedule here. And if you're in a stay-home mood, the new Blu-ray of An American Werewolf in London boasts a fantastic transfer, and also includes a new feature-length documentary about the making of the film.