It’s that time of the week again my fellow Eugeneans, and by now you know what that means! The spring movie extravaganza continues with a star-studded, historical epic/super-sequel/animated-adventure weekend. Hollywood is pulling out all the stops it has before heavy-hitters like Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean land in a few weeks.
First up is the period piece from director Robert Redford, The Conspirator. The Conspirator is the tale of Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. It stars Robin Wright, James McAvory, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, and Kevin Kline. Mary Surratt, 42, owned a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the assassination. Against the back-drop of post-Civil War DC, new attorney Frederick Aiken, a Union war-hero, agrees to represent Surratt before a military tribunal. While the trial goes on, Aiken finds his client may in fact be innocent. She is merely being used as bait and as a hostage in order to capture her son, the only conspirator to have escaped the largest manhunt in history. The Conspirator is rated PG-13 for some violent content.
Next is the family-friendly animated adventure Rio3D. If the title isn’t enough to make you skip ahead, you’ll be interested to know the Jesse Eisenberg, who played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, adds his voice to Blu- one of the only two remaining Blu Macaws in the world. Rio3D follows Blu as he sets off for, you guessed it, Rio, to find the other remaining macaw, who just so happens to be the bird of his dreams. Hilarity ensues. Rio3D is rated PG for mild off color humor.
Lastly is the movie that is going to have millions of girlfriends gripping their honeys’ arms blue- Scream 4. Directed by master of horror Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Redline, and the original versions of Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes), and penned by Scream writer Kevin Williamson, this slasher-homage/series re-boot is getting astoundingly good reviews (for a slasher film). The original cast, what remains, is back with a new crowd of fresh-faced victims for the latest ghostface killer. Reviews would have me believe this is the best in the series, and that it has more gore, slashes, twists, and surprises than the first 3 combined. I cannot wait to see this movie! Scream 4 is rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking.
Everyone buckle in, spring is well in gear and summer is around the bend. Are you prepared for this summer’s blockbuster season? Are you stockpiling money away and calculating how long it will take to get to the theater on a bike (because gas will be more expensive than a movie this summer for the first time)? I’ll see you on the bike path and in the movie!