Welcome to The Morning Read.
You ready for the holiday weekend? Do you get a holiday weekend? I don't. I'm working all weekend long, getting stuff ready for next week, making sure you've got DVD reviews to read this weekend, and also juggling some time with my family over the three days between now and Monday. Next Tuesday's my birthday, and I plan to take most of that day off. Until then, I don't really get a break.
When I miss a day doing The Morning Read, it's pointless to try to catch up, because there's so much that happens in a given day. I've been juggling a few deadlines this week, and in the process, I've just had to let a few things go. All my best intentions can crumble in the path of an infant's ear infection and the ensuing doctor's visits, and sometimes, a new "Harry Potter" trailer just has to wait, y'know?
Still, it's a long four days coming up, so let's pack in plenty of Morning Read before everything slows down, okay? I mean, there's plenty going on out there.
First, there are the weekend's releases at the theater. I think we've said all there is for us to say about "Terminator: Salvation" this week, including my review of the film, but now it's time for you guys to get a look at it and decide if you think this is a new beginning or just one last shot at a fading franchise. I'm getting ready to leave in a little while to catch an afternoon show of "Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian," but I'm not sure I'll be able to make myself go see "Dance Flick." I just can't take those parody jukebox movies. Stephan Elliott, director of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," is back this week with "Easy Virtue," a period comedy starring Jessica Biel and Colin Firth. Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience" is opening as well, with Sasha Grey starring fresh off her nonstop media blitz. I reviewed the film at Sundance this year if you're interested. And finally, if you're in NY, LA, or San Francisco, you can check out "The Boys," a documentary about the Sherman Brothers, composers of some of the most recognizable film music in history, a big part of the Disney company's legacy. Chances are if you've ever hummed a Disney tune, the Sherman Bros. wrote it, but their personal life is evidently far less harmonious than their work, and I assume that's what the film deals with.
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