Here are a couple of quick reviews of movies that might be worth a Matinee or worth a look if you want something other than the standard fare at your local Cinema.
Based on the novel by author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Survivor) Choke tells the story of a sex-addict named Victor (Sam Rockwell) who attempts to pay his mother's nursing home bills by working at a historical re-enactment park. Working in the park doesn't quite get the job done so Victor goes to public restaurants, forces himself to choke on his meal, and then collects sympathy money from the people who save him. Victor feels like he is providing these people a service -- they get to feel like heroes and he gets paid. If this premise sounds interesting, I am sure you will find the movie interesting as well. Rockwell proves that he is under-appreciated and Palahniuk shows that even his stranger works have a place on the silver screen. Word is many more of his novels are in talks to be made into films. I can't wait.
In Religulous Bill Maher goes around the country and other parts of the world to grill people of different faiths on their beliefs. Maher has a polarizing personality -- people either love him or hate him -- I happen to be in the first camp. I don't agree with everything he says or how he says it, but I admire people who speak their mind even when their opinion is not popular. However, a film like this is too easy to make. It is too easy to find people who are naive about any subject. Therefore, I didn't treat this movie as though it were a fair representation of the majority of religious people, it would have been just as easy to fill the film with thoughtful, informed religious people. Instead, I treated it as entertaining propaganda, and even though it was a bit scattershot, I found it thoroughly entertaining.