Looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend? Here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Sex and the City 2
What’s the story: Also known as Ishtar in Manolo Blahniks. Sex and the City 2 finds Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall) headed to Abu Dhabi for a vacation. Because, sure. Needless to say, cocktails are imbibed, shoes are purchased and old friends—in the form of Carrie’s ex-boyfriend, John Corbett’s Aidan—show up to cause problems. Plus, Liza Minelli sings “Single Ladies.” As you can guess, the reviews for Sex and the City 2 have been so vitriolic that you would think they were complaint letters to BP. Our Rex Reed begins his review thusly: “The only thing memorable about Sex and the City 2 is the number two part, which describes it totally, if you get my drift.” Needless to say, he wasn’t a fan.
Who should see it: Every woman in Manhattan.
The Price of Persia: The Sands of Time
What’s the story: Jerry Bruckheimer is nothing if not resourceful. After building a blockbuster franchise out of a theme park—Pirate of the Caribbean, if you had forgotten—the über-producer heads to the world of video games for his latest hopeful smash, The Prince of Persia. Sadly, Johnny Depp isn’t around this time; the swashbuckling hero is played by Jake Gyllenhaal and his 24-pack abs. Anyway, there is a dagger, and a princess, and lots of swordplay. If you’re predisposed to this sort of thing, you’ll like it; for the rest of us, it’ll just be an excuse to find some air-conditioning.
Who should see it: Jack Sparrow.
Also opening this weekend: Jean Pierre-Jenaut (Amelie) brings his whimsy back to theaters with Micmacs; George A. Romero brings his zombies back to theaters with Survival of the Dead.