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Ty's weekend movie picks for Friday, 7/8/11

Posted by Ty Burr  July 8, 2011 02:26 PM

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leopard.jpgRunning late on this today, so I'll be brief:

"Zookeeper" -- another lame Kevin James family comedy that will make obscene amounts of money, and good for him. The movie co-stars Boston, or at least a post-editing mix-and-match version of Boston, and it also co-stars Rosario Dawson, which for some of us is the only reason to see it.

"Horrible Bosses" -- Interesting split among the nation's critics on this one. Apparently, it either works for you or it doesn't. For me, it really didn't. One hundred minutes of annoying characters behaving in ways that never, ever make sense, not even in terms of bad-boy summer comedies. Colin Farrell -- I think it's Colin Farrell -- is pretty amazing, though.

Best cheap laugh of the week: Paul Giamatti as big, bad King John of England in "Ironclad," raging against the puny nobles who forced him to sign the Magna Carta. The movie attempts to grab some of that "300" magic and misses by a mile. Or a hectare, or a furlong, or however they measured distance in 1215. What, the curtains?

The Harvard Film Archive is dark for the month, but the French Film Festival has arrived once more at the Museum of Fine Arts, allowing us to see all those fine films that, two decades ago, would have made it into U.S. arthouses and now exist here at the sufferance of institutions like the MFA. Gerard Depardieu appears tonight (Friday) in the cozy "My Afternoons with Marguerite" and tomorrow (Saturday) you can see "On Tour," the film that won actor Mathieu Almaric the best directing award at Cannes last year. Loren King breaks down the festival's offerings.

The Brattle brings in a fresh print of Visconti's 1963 masterpiece "The Leopard" (starring Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale, in photo above). If you haven't seen it on the big screen, you haven't seen it at all. And "Singin' In the Rain" comes to the Somerville on Sunday morning and Monday evening.

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