Published Jul 01, 2011The long weekend is finally here, and if you've decided on a staycation, then hitting up your local movie theatre might be on your to-do list in the next few days. Not sure what to check out? Well, as always, Exclaim! is here to help. Have a look at our Recently Reviewed section for some insight on what's worth the cinema experience and what might be a definite "renter."
The third instalment of Michael Bay's interpretation of the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (pictured), has hit theatres. Centred on the ongoing conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons, the film sees the discovery of a Cybertronian spacecraft concealed on the moon and a race to unlock its secrets. Its also the first of the Transformers films without Megan Fox's, um, engaging, character. Check out our review to see how the film fares as a summer blockbuster.
Next, we head over to France for the quirky comedy Le Noms des Gens (The Names of Love). A young left-wing activist takes the '60s mindset, "make love, not war," to heart and sleeps with her political adversaries in order to convert them to her side of the political spectrum. That is until she meets the cautious Arthur Miller.
Keeping the laughs coming is Michael Winterbottom's The Trip. The film follows the culinary adventure of the hilarious Steve Coogan as he is asked to tour the UK's best restaurants. With his girlfriend backing out on the journey, he's forced to take along his celebrity-impersonating pal Rob Brydon. If you're craving more of a rom-com, then Larry Crowne could be for you. Hollywood favourites Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks reunite in a story about a middle-aged man who decides to go back to college and reinvent himself after being downsized at the job he held for most of his life.
Also out this weekend is the teen-centred Monte Carlo. In a classic case of mistaken identities, Selena Gomez leads a trio of girls underwhelmed by their vacation in Paris when she's mistaken for a spoiled British heiress and the group embarks on misadventures in the lavish Monte Carlo.
Lastly, if you're looking for something a little more intense, then you might want to check out the Danish war documentary Armadillo. Filmmaker Janus Metz follows the lives of young soldiers deployed in southern Afghanistan, and uncovers the psychology of constantly risking one's life. However, if you're itching for something closer to home, The Mountie should offer just that. Filmed in the Yukon, a lone mountie sets out to clean up a corrupt town, viciously taking down one man at a time.
Read the full write-ups on these films and more in the Exclaim.ca Recently Reviewed section.