It’s tempting to play local favorite this week, but My Toxic Backyard, Asheville filmmaker Katie Damien’s documentary about the CTS Superfund site on the south side of town, is legitimately the best new offering this week (at least among known entities). The film premieres May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre (followed by a Q&A) and has a daily 7 p.m. screening through May 15.
The next best option is Walking the Camino, a Documentary Filmmaking 101 take on the revered Spanish pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Beyond that, things get dicier with the potential-squandering thriller Blue Ruin and another documentary, Particle Fever, in which intriguing topics such as the Higgs boson and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider are presented in such an esoteric manner that you pretty much have to be a physicist to understand it on even a basic level.
Of the unseen films, I’m most looking forward to John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo, starring the director and the one and only Woody Allen. Thanks to my Seth Rogen affinity, not too too far behind is the R-rated comedy Neighbors, where the king of the schlubs starts a rivalry with his new fraternity neighbors, led by Zac Efron. And bringing up the rear is the animated Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, featuring the voice of Glee‘s Lea Michele as the ruby-slippered one and a cast of guys who used to be funny (Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, and Martin Short). It looks pretty foul, though the last two times I underestimated an animated film, Planes and The Nut Job swooped in and told my expectations to take a hike, so you never know.
Fleeing the Scene
Heading to that second-run theater in the sky are a bunch of movies that I gave a B-: The Quiet Ones, Transcendence, Le Week-End, and Rio 2. Hanging around in perdition for a while are the horribly overrated indies Under the Skin and Joe, both of which are sure to land on their share of Top 10 lists come December. As for where Brick Mansions will spend eternity, I didn’t see it, but I’ll flip a coin and see what happens.
Still Mine, starring the charming James Cromwell, and the for-fans-only Veronica Mars movie are the only new releases of note. Older films getting fresh discs include a 40th anniversary edition of Blazing Saddles and 30th anniversary pressings of Revenge of the Nerds and Bachelor Party. 1984 represent!!!
On Netflix Instant
Another month, another swarm of new additions (and one of the better collections I’ve seen):
And, to get you hyped for the new Godzilla next week: