By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Every few weeks, I like to try to get away from all the hubbub of the news cycle and escape with a good movie.

But it’s so hard trying to find one that doesn’t bring the news roaring back into your lap, spilling the snacks you took out a mortgage to pay for in the process.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Some of you have suggested that I try looking up the details of what’s playing instead of trying to guess what they’re about from the titles, but no offense, my system works for me.

So let’s crack open the listings and see what we have:

I wouldn’t mind seeing a good mystery thriller, but “The Adjustment Bureau” sounds like a movie about happy hour, and I don’t find that very interesting. Or maybe it’s about what baseball players do when they’re in the batter’s box. Again, not interested.

OK, here’s “Scream 4,” apparently the latest installment in a series of horror movies about local property owners who’ve seen their home values plummet reacting when they open their larger-than-ever tax bills. Sounds gruesome, not for me.

Uh-oh, here’s one to avoid, “The Conspirator.” Is this the one about how President Obama’s extended family staged an elaborate hoax to pretend he was born in Hawaii, the one about how George Bush and the Israelis conspired to bring down the twin towers on 9/11, or the one about how if you laugh, cry, sneeze and bark at the same time, you will explode? Not interested.

Here’s a possibility: “Atlas Shrugged,” the story of a family of tourists trying to negotiate the Central Artery tunnel off ramps without a GPS, a trained guide and a police escort, and winding up spending their vacation in Providence instead. I love a good comedy.

But no, in honor of the upcoming royal wedding, I think I’ll go see “Your Highness,” a movie about the royal couple living a happy life together despite the ridiculous media scrutiny and their useless royal duties. Hey – I love a good fantasy, don’t you?

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

Comments (11)
  1. BostonIrish says:

    Jon, “Scream 4” is a repeat. That’s the movie about the hideous Prop 2&1/2 override monster. Been there, seen it at least 3 times. And it costs more each time when you do see it. AND I have to see it whether I want to or not. AND I’m told if I don’t like it I’m a Negative Nelly!

  2. Stephen Stein says:

    I do enjoy your movie commentaries, and I enjoyed this one, but sometimes I really do want to know if there are any movies out that are worth going to the theater to see. I thought “The King’s Speech” was fantastic, but I had to be trapped in an airplane to finally see it.

    Are there any good new movie releases? Anyone?

  3. mikey says:

    Forget the movies. You have the credentials Mr. Keller, how about a front row seat at the DiMasi trial? Now that’s entertainment!

  4. BostonIrish says:

    I’d pay for those seats! Do they sell popcorn?

    I want a refund if he’s acquitted, though.

    1. mikey says:

      Forget the acquittal Irish, ain’t gonna happen. I hear Sal has the concession stand all wrapped up though. What are the chances?

  5. FireGuyFrank says:

    Okay, friends, here’s my movie confession — I have never seen any of The Goddfather movies; Titanic; A Beautiful Mind; Rain Man; and the list goes on and on. I could spend a month watching movies ten to twelve hours a day before I got caught up on all the movies folks tell me “I need to see.”

    What are the movies someone “really needs to see”?

  6. FireGuyFrank says:

    By the way — I just watched “The King’s Speech” the other night. Very good!

  7. Jon Keller says:

    FireGuyFrank: “The Godfather” (Parts 1 and 2) probably the best movies ever made. Also must-see: “The Deer Hunter,” “The Fog of War,” and the funniest movie ever made: “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.”

  8. ENUFF says:

    “The DiMasi Trial”.Oooo, how “justice” sounding. is that? Wake up and repeat after me..”this is Massachusetts..this is Massachusetts”. If he’s convicted he’s only going to get probation (just look at at the “justice” metted out to Tom Finneren).

  9. BostonIrish says:

    They disbarred Finneran. That’s pretty stiff in my book. Not that he was “practicing” good law.

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