Head into the Long Weekend with 'Ted,' 'Magic Mike,' 'People Like Us' and More in Our Film Roundup
Published Jun 29, 2012There are plenty of new films out for movie fans and casual viewers alike this weekend, and with an extra day off, it might be the perfect time to hit the theatre. Whether you're eager to check out the latest summer comedy, or just nurse your Canada Day hangover in a dark, air-conditioned room, let Exclaim!'s reviews help you choose a flick. Here are some of the week's highlights, which can all be found in our Recently Reviewed section.
To start off, director Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad!) takes on the bro comedy in Ted (pictured). It stars Mark Wahlberg opposite the titular -- and living -- teddy bear, as a 35-year-old struggles with the age-old challenge of growing up, with his girlfriend played by Mila Kunis and a best friend that could double as a carnival prize.
Meanwhile, Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey star in Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh's story about the lives of male strippers (both onstage and off). Next up, Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz delivers an honest look at the nature of long-term relationships and short-term passion, starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams as the committed couple, while Chis Pine and Elizabeth Banks play estranged siblings in Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut, People Like Us.
If you're looking for inspiration, Jerry Rothwell's documentary Town of Runners takes a look at the culture of distance running in Ethiopia, following a pair of sisters as they attempt to make it to the world stage, while Todd Solondz's Dark Horse attempts to turn narrative conventions on their heads, as a rejected loner strives to achieve the American Dream.
Then there is Carlos Saura's 2010 doc, Flamenco, Flamenco, which builds on his reputation for creating captivating, kinetic images, blending storytelling and performance as it explores and showcases the traditional dance form, and the themes that underscore it. And finally Madea's Witness Protection Program (the seventh feature in the Madea franchise) stars writer/director/producer Tyler Perry as the title character, with a supporting cast that includes Eugene Levy and Denise Richards.
To read full reviews of these picks and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.