We hope you’ve got some free time this weekend! The first week of June ends with four movies hitting theaters, and, as usual, there’s something for everyone. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Land of the Lost
What’s the story: Based on the cult ‘70s kid series from Sid and Marty Krofft, Land of the Lost finds Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and former Pushing Daisies star Anna Friel traveling back through time and space for an adventure involving giant spiders, slow-footed monsters called Sleestak’s, and, the worst CGI T-Rex this side of the year 2000. If Land of the Lost isn’t the most publicized movie of the summer, then it’s darn close; at this point, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Mr. Ferrell handing out fliers to promote this thing in Union Square. Call us conspiracy theorists, but that is never a good sign: The movie doth protest too much.
Who should see it: H.R. Pufnstuf.
My Life in Ruins
What’s the story: Now seven years removed from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos finally gets to Greece in My Life in Ruins, a romantic comedy from director Donald Petrie (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days). Everything about this film looks poisonous, from the premise (Ms. Vardalos is an unlucky-in-love tour guide who finds Mr. Right we’re she least expects him) to the title (we’re not sure if you noticed, but it has a double meaning!) Do yourself a favor: Skip it.
Who should see it: Only those with an incredibly high threshold for pain.
Away We Go
What’s the story: Fresh off the martial discord of Revolutionary Road, Sam Mendes returns with Away We Go, a twee comedy about an unmarried-but-pregnant couple (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) traveling the country and looking for that ethereal feeling of “home.” The reviews have hedged to the good side of mixed, but as long as Mr. Mendes delivers something better than Garden State, everything should be okay. McSweeney’s fans take note: Away We Go is co-written by Dave Eggers and his wife, Vendela Vida.
Who should see it: Zach Braff.
What’s the story: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zack Galifianakis star as three mismatched buddies tasked with finding the lost groom after a bachelor party gone awry in Las Vegas. We don’t want to put too much pressure on director Todd Phillips (Old School), but if The Hangover is anything less than the funniest movie of the year, we’re going to be disappointed. Thankfully, according to The Observer’s Sara Vilkomerson, it sounds like we don’t have too much to worry about.
Who should see it: Frank the Tank.