Though I haven't yet seen the latest Michael Bay extravaganza The Island, this weekend's other major releases are, by and large, very good. Richard Linklater and Billy Bob Thornton do justice to Michael Ritchie's kiddie sports film classic Bad News Bears, Rob Zombie delivers a gory, gonzo splatter flick-via-Western with The Devil's Rejects, and Gus Van Sant's Kurt Cobain-inspired Last Days is the best film I've seen this year.
Last Days (filmcritic.com)
The Devil's Rejects (filmcritic.com)
Bad News Bears (Slant magazine)
One very good doc, and one mediocre foreign import, both out next month:
Unknown White Male (Slant magazine)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Slant magazine)