Each Friday at 8:30, MPR Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis talks with The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about the cinematic highlights of the upcoming weekend.
Stephanie did not see this weekend's biggest Hollywood entry, "Thor", though MPR's Euan Kerr says he enjoyed its special effects and watching the relationship between Thor and his father (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins).
Instead, Stephanie went to see "Something Borrowed", starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson. It's another movie about a bridesmaid who is in love with her best friend's fiance. But Stephanie, who's not afraid to admit to loving romantic comedies, wasn't buying it. "It's about watching two really lame people maybe get together and spare the rest of us." She calls it frustrating and boring despite a couple funny performances from men in the supporting cast including John Krasinski (of "The Office).
But it's still a great weekend for movies. "Meek's Cutoff", the new movie by indie director Kelly Reichardt. It's about a wagon train heading to the West Coast that takes a wrong turn based on some bad advice about a shortcut. The women in the movie, including star Michelle Williams, are at the mercy of the men and their poor decisions. "I was completely gripped by it," Stephanie said, and she found herself thinking "'what would I do in that situation' and, 'metaphorically, who is the Stephen Meek that I'm following right now?'"