For those not in the mood for another Super Bowl Sunday, movie theaters across the country can supply plenty of high-brow and brain-dead entertainment.
Here’s a quick look at what’s opening this weekend:
The Eye (PG-13)
The Eye examines what it’s like to receive a cornea transplant and, as a result, be haunted by terrifying images. Jessica Alba stars in this moody, jittery, jumpy supernatural thriller. Smashed mirrors, eerie children and plinking piano tunes abound. “I’m seeing things I shouldn’t see,” Alba’s character Sydney Wells says at one point. You might be saying the same while in the theater.
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (G)
It should be noted with some irony that this this one-week-only film from Disney is rated G. But rumors about the teen idol’s sexuality and somewhat infamous sleepover pictures notwithstanding, this 3D show should be packed with tweens who want another glimpse at their idol.
More info: http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/hannahmontana/
Praying with Lior (Not Rated)
This documentary traces the life of young Lior Liebling, a boy with Down Syndrome who is constantly praying. As he reaches Bar Mitzvah age, questions are raised about his relationship with God, the nature of his disease and whether he’s a “spiritual genius.”
More info: http://www.dantrachtman.com/lior/
Shrooms (Not Rated)
While camping in the woods, some very attractive friends begin to hallucinate after eating mushrooms. Scary images ensue. Part The Ring, part Blair Witch Project, the film subsequently follows the campers’ efforts to evade a hatchet-bearing man in a black robe. It stars no one famous.
The Silence Before Bach (Not Rated)
This very unclassifiable film features documentary-like vignettes set to music. This film has a limited release in New York.
Strange Wilderness (R)
A nature TV show is in peril, so its hosts decide it can only be saved by capturing Bigfoot. The trailer features, at length, a laughing shark, something that might be indicative of the film as a whole. “The show sucks. Two weeks from now it will be canceled,” the trailer tells us. You might say the same for the film itself.
Over Her Dead Body (PG-13)
This romantic comedy stars Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) as the recently dead girlfriend of Paul Rudd (Knocked Up), who, after her death, falls for Lake Bell (Boston Legal), a psychic who is then haunted by the dead girl. Jason Biggs of American Pie fame reprises his role as a clumsy oaf.