A trio of pop movies is expected to open on Friday, according to the national release schedule, which please most area film-goers. The list looks like this:
"Aladdin": Disney does another live-action adaptation of a familiar story already done in animation, this one about a kid, a genie, and three wishes. Oh, and a treasure cave and beautiful princess.
"Booksmart": Two high-school seniors, having worked hard for four years but afraid that they've missed out on the social scene, spend their final night before graduation trying to find the party of the year. An they do.
"Brightburn": A take on the Superman syndrome, but this little super being has a dark side. Uh-oh.
And at the Magic Lantern?
"Meeting Gorbachev": Werner Herzog co-directed this look at the final Soviet premier, Mikhail Gorbachev.
"Photograph": A shy photographer convinces a young woman to let him take her photo, and things develop from there.
That's it for now. As usual, I'll update when the area theaters finalize their bookings.