The low-down on this week’s premieres
“The film is a comedy about a lot of things that you’re really not supposed to laugh at,” director Paul Weitz (About a Boy) told the Current during an interview in Austin last month about his satire, American Dreamz. “But I feel that it might actually be kind of good to laugh at the things that we are really freaking out about.” In Dreamz, Dennis Quaid (In Good Company) plays a mentally unstable U.S. President who refuses to leave his White House bedroom. To get him back on his feet, his chief of staff books him as a guest judge on a popular TV talent show hosted by Martin Tweed (Hugh Grant). Pop star Mandy Moore (Saved!) portrays all-American girl Sally Kendoo, one of the contestants on the program, whose real challenge comes from Omer (Sam Golzari), an Iraqi Broadway buff and would-be suicide bomber. `See review, page 85.`
In The Sentinel, another presidential assassination is planned, this time on the clock of Secret Service Agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas), who, after being released from his post, is forced to find an alternate route to foil a plan to kill the president and prove he did not have an affair with the First Lady (Kim Basinger). Eva Longoria (TV’s Desperate Housewives), in her first feature film, also stars.
Based on the video-game series of the same name, Silent Hill follows a mother (Radha Mitchell) in search of her terminally ill daughter, who is lost in a devilish, deserted town.
In Friends With Money, three financially stable women (Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener, and Joan Cusack) examine the life of their penniless and loveless girlfriend Olivia (Jennifer Aniston).
Local premiere dates for limited-release films are tentative and can change at the last minute. Please check your local theater listings to confirm showtimes.
- Kiko Martinez