Movies for this week

The Dark Knight
The second installment of the Batman franchise re-boot continues this weekend. Batman (Christian Bale) takes a backseat role as The Joker (Heath Ledger) wreaks havoc attempting to uncover Batman’s identity and take leadership of organized crime in Gotham City. Meanwhile Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) serves as Gotham’s criminal prosecutor with several battles of his own. Beautifully shot with several scenes in IMAX, and the performance of a lifetime from Ledger make this film incredibly strong. Well acted by the rest of the ensemble this film is a must see for all fans of the comic film genre. The Dark Knight is rated PG-13.

Mamma Mia
ABBA comes to life in this story of a mother (Meryl Streep), her daughter a bride to be (Amanda Seyfried), and three possible fathers, all coming home to celebrate. Comedy and romance ensues. Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, a colorful splash of romantic comedy and 70’s pop music. Not fantastic but perhaps a good alternate for those who aren’t up for the chaos of Batman but still want to see a film this weekend. Mamma Mia is rated PG-13.

Space Chimps
Two NASA chimps are launched into space, Laurel and Hardy style, one smart, the other goofy. Whilst in space, character is tested and the story of the underdog lives on as the chimps effort to save a distant planet from the ruthless evil dictator Zartog. The voices of Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines, and Jeff Daniels start to fill out this animated cast. Truly a film for the younger audiences, not exactly the best of the summer; and, perhaps best seen on DVD later. Space chimps is rated G.