HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

click to enlarge film2-1.jpg

Movies opening in theaters this week: 'Big Eyes,' 'The Interview' (not really), 'Into the Woods' and more 

Big Eyes Tim Burton's latest finally reunites him with the writers of Ed Wood, his best-ever film. It stars the red-hot Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. It opens on Christmas Day. So why haven't we seen any TV ads for it as of press time, while promos for the week's other wide releases are blanketing the airwaves? Uh oh! (PG-13)

The Interview I don't normally stick up for countries that tried to kill my Dad 60 years ago. And I don't ordinarily side with repressive, humorless regimes that respond to mild satire by committing intellectual-property theft on a grand scale. But I gotta admit, I'm kind of on North Korea's side in the war they've declared on The Interview. Why? Because of that old geopolitical axiom, "The enemy of Seth Rogen is my friend." Once again, Rogen and his pals share with us the ineffable delight of being Seth Rogen and his pals, as they attempt to take out Kim Jong-Un in a daring, top-secret assassination. The very idea will have you rolling on the floor in fits of meta-hilarity – if you're Seth Rogen. If you aren't, I guess you can just go fuck yourself as usual. Me, I'm thinking Dennis Rodman was right. (R) (Editor's note: On Dec. 18, Sony Pictures Entertainment cancelled all screenings of The Interview due to terrorist threats.)

Into the Woods All year long, I've had to listen while my theater-geek friends debated doggedly the potentially heretical changes portended by this adaptation of the Sondheim classic. Honestly, it's made me feel like Penny on The Big Bang Theory, sitting mum while the fellas argue over the omission of Tom Bombadil from The Fellowship of the Ring. So you can bet I'm gonna stay as far away from social media on Christmas Day, when Woods is finally released, as I customarily do on Tony Awards Sunday or whenever NBC airs another live musical. Either that, or I'm going to have to learn to set "Interested in men" as a filter. (Think that crack was homophobic or misogynistic? Remember who just compared himself to Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. Also, I'm wearin' panties!) (PG)

Unbroken Angelina Jolie's latest directorial outing is a sequel to M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. Ha, ha – wouldn't that be something? Seriously, it's a remake of Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. With Jerry O'Connell's kid as David Bowie. Hand to God. (PG-13)

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 14, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation