Sex and Zen Extreme Ecstasy

Indie Weekend: ‘5 Days of War,’ ‘Sex and Zen,’ ‘Good Old Fashioned Orgy’

Sex and Zen Extreme Ecstasy
'Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy' in 2D (China Lion Entertainment)

Opening in Dallas today, Friday, September 2, 2011 (listed in order of priority):

  • ‘5 Days of War.’ Director Renny Harlin still knows how to blow stuff up good, which doesn’t mean it entirely works with a scenario based on actual events . (Landmark Inwood.) My review at Twitch. Recommended with reservations.
  • ‘Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.’ Is it high-class art or low-class porn? The Chinese box office sensation arrives in America, sans 3D. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.’ Jason Sudeikis toplines a comedy about a summer bash that the organizers hope will get out of control. (AMC Mesquite 30, Stonebriar 24, Grapevine Mills, Parks @ Arlington.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Crime After Crime.’ The long legal battle to free a woman imprisoned for her role in the death of her abusive boyfriend. A documentary, directed by Yoav Potash. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Whistleblower.’ Thriller stars Rachel Weisz as a Nebraska police officer who uncovers a sex-slave and human-trafficking scandal while working as a UN peacekeeper in Bosnia. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.

Wide across the Metroplex (listed in order of preference):

  • Shark Night 3D.’ Fishy predators also come out in the daylight and prefer bikini-clad babes. Word from midnight screenings has been surprisingly positive, as long as you’re in “cheesy entertainment” mode. With the adorable Sara Paxton. Not previewed.
  • ‘The Debt.‘  Israeli security agents kidnap a Nazi war criminal in 1965 Berlin, only to have things go horribly wrong, with repercussions into 1997. A game cast (Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren) cannot save a mediocre thriller. My review at Twitch. (Opened on Wednesday.) Not recommended.
  • Apollo 18.’ Found footage on the moon. Midnight viewers have described it as one of the worst films of the year. Not previewed.
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