PROMETHEUS While watching the trailer for this before The Avengers, we heard one moviegoer let out a boo, which is B.S., because we’re pretty sure Ridley Scott’s latest effort is going to be sick as fuck. Set in the slightly distant future, a crew of deep-space explorers discover the origins of mankind, but their meddling sparks what might be the end of the human race. Opens June 8.
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED Remember the days when voice actors were a blessed and honored few, a team of soundsmiths with vocal cords as taut and well trained as the muscles of an Olympic gold medalist? Now, it seems that star power will always win out, as voice actors are pushed to the sidelines to make way for a pile of celebrities and their boring, easily recognizable inflections. Here is one such example. Opens June 8.
THE INTOUCHABLES This heartwarming hit is based on a true story about a paralyzed millionaire and his unlikely friendship with an ex-con. Opens June 8.
POSSESSION So you read this paper from cover to cover each week, right? We’re sure you do. And because you are a loyal reader, we’re sure you recall the review from last week written by our former editor-in-chief Lee Gardner. In it, he describes Possession as “one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and one of the most undersung.” The film’s hard to come by in the United States, but the Charles Revival Series is bringing it to town so everybody who wants to can feel a little uncomfortable. See you there. At the Charles Theatre June 7 at 9 p.m.
THE CIRCUS We’re not gonna lie, at the height of our film-snob days, we went through a serious fuck-Chaplin, Keaton’s-way-cooler phase (which soon gave way to the worship of Jacques Tati for a wild couple of weeks), but the man deserves tons of cred. While Keaton rules in his own right and the fact that he died broke (like Tati) makes him a tragic hero, Chaplin’s skill at physical comedy and precision-perfect timing can’t be denied. For three days, see him as the iconic Tramp trying to make it as a clown. He can make circus-goers howl with laughter—but only when he isn’t trying. At the Charles Theatre June 9, 11, and 14.
A STAR IS BORN Part of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions’ Shooting Star/Falling Star Film Series, the June 13 screening of A Star Is Born offers modern-day audiences the chance to see Judy Garland’s landmark performance as starlet Vicki Lester. At Mountcastle Auditorium June 13 at 7:15 p.m.