With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong?
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer.
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray.
Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.
If you can tear your kids away from playing Minecraft this summer, take them to free movies at the Dickinson Penn Square 10 in Penn Square Mall, 1901 Northwest Expressway.
There’s a new flick — again: free! — showing Tuesday through Thursday each week, now until August rolls around. Here’s the schedule: • June 19-21: The Pagemaster • June 26-28: Puss in Boots • July 3-5: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked • July 10-12: Mr. Popper’s Penguins • July 17-19: Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild • July 24-26: Happy Feet Two • July 31-Aug. 2: Babe
For more information, call 848-2202.
Meanwhile, over at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, 150 E. Reno, the returning Summer Movie Fun program offers $2 individual tickets, or season passes for $5. There’s a new title each week, screening at 9:45 a.m. weekdays.
What’s on tap? Glad you asked: • through June 15: Horton Hears a Who! • June 18-22: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked • June 25-29: Rio • July 2-6: Kung Fu Panda 2 • July 9-13: Mr. Popper’s Penguins • July 16-20: Puss in Boots • July 23-27: The Smurfs • July 30-Aug. 3: Arthur Christmas • Aug. 6-10: Hotel for Dogs
For more information, call 231-4747 or visit harkinstheatres.com/smf. —Rod Lott