Flick Of The Week: Cabin in the Woods

A funny-scary funhouse ride in which the audience is sometimes in on the joke, Cabin in the Woods delivers for fans of the horror genre. This mind-bending exercise takes classic horror film elements—zombies, horny teenagers, a dark basement, and magic spells—and turns them inside out and upside down. It’s unfair to reveal too much about Cabin in the Woods, other than there is just the right mix of jolts and laughs as five friends head out to the title cabin and unleash a terror that knows no bounds. The film has several memorable scenes ranging from one character making out with a wolf’s head to a sequence involving a happy frog in Japan to a literally jaw-dropping episode involving what happens when some elevator doors open. Not for the squeamish, Cabin in the Woods is a clever—perhaps too clever—rollercoaster ride that celebrates the very genre its sends up. The archetype characters—whore, jock, brain, stoner and virgin—are surprisingly endearing, and surprises await both them and viewers as the story spins fiendishly out of control.

Bully A headline-making documentary that features five teens who are victims of bullying.

The Deep Blue Sea Rachel Weisz stars as a young woman torn between two men in this period drama.

The Hunter Willem Dafoe stars as a man on the hunt for a rare tiger in Tasmania.

The Kid with the Bike Another brilliant, devastating drama by the Belgian Dardennes brothers. This one features a young boy who befriends a local hairdresser and tries to reconcile with his father.

The Lady Luc Besson directs this drama about Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh).

Lockout An action film set in outer space about a man (Guy Pearce) trying to rescue the President’s daughter.

The Three Stooges There’s a laugh ratio of one joke per Stooge in the Farrelly Brothers’ big screen version of the comedy trio’s manic antics. And these exactly three laughs come early, during a slaphappy slapstick scene set on the roof of the orphanage where Larry (Sean Hayes), Curly (Will Sasso), and Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos) cause trouble for sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David). The plot—a dumb framework to hang lame jokes—concerns the stooges trying to raise $830,000 to save their beloved orphanage. They run amok in a hospital, and have an unfunny fight with peeing babies. Eventually, Moe—hitting a new low—gets a gig on Jersey Shore. The Three Stooges never quite captures what made the comedy team so hilarious. Sure, there is plenty of face slapping and eye poking (all set to appropriate sound effects) and some bad puns, but the problem is more than just the lousy material. The actors seem to be nyuck, nyuck, nyucking like the real Stooges. Hayes is particularly miscast, and Diamantopoulos will make viewers long for the real Moe to come slap him upside the head. At least Sasso gives it his all, even when he has to do silly things with a lobster. Given the situations the stooges find themselves in—an orphanage, a hospital, a zoo and a fancy party—The Three Stooges should have been much, much, funnier.

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Gary Kramer

Gary M. Kramer is a Philadelphia-based film critic who thinks Sandra Bullock mambos. He likes eating ethnic food and watching ethnic movies—though not necessarily both at the same time or from the same country.

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