The Great Buck Howard, starring Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks, comes out in theaters next weekend, but I discovered the other day that it’s already on IFC OnDemand, at least for Time Warner customers, so I watched. Here’s the trailer:

Even though I liked the movie, I wouldn’t recommend seeing it in theaters — it came across as a really good HBO movie that would have guaranteed John Malkovich an Emmy as Buck Howard, a washed-up yet overconfident mentalist who hires naive Colin Hanks as his tour manager. The story of the forgotten entertainer who still thinks he’s hot has been told before, but because it’s an entertaining story (the entire movie I imagined that Buck Howard was loosely based on William Shatner, but he’s actually tightly based on The Amazing Kreskin.) Anyway, this is your money-saving movie recommendation of the, um, year. Check local listings for IFC In Theaters OnDemand.

(Previously: The Great Buck Howard Has A Credibility Problem.)

Comments (2)
  1. That One  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2009 +3

    No offense at all intended, Lindsay, but if you’re going to write a review, could you offer more than “I liked the movie” or “it’s an entertaining story”? I only say this because I think you write some really fun pieces, and I’d enjoy seeing more straight-up reviews from you. What did you like about it? Why is it entertaining?

    Okay, I realize I’m being a bit of a dick here. Sorry. I’ll stop being a dick.

  2. jai ho  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2009 +1

    maybe it seemed like an HBO movie because you saw it in your living room and not a theater. could have something to do with it.

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