Thursday, January 14, 2010

Movie Weekend 2: January 15th, 2010

By Chase Kahn

Well, we have two new releases this week plus a big expansion of an Oscar-casualty and a Cannes favorite finally being run in a very limited release, here we go.

THE BOOK OF ELI (Warner Bros.) [3,111]

Post-apocalyptic prophecies and lopped arms rule the day, but are people getting tired of grayscale wide-angle shots of rubble and carnage? Reviews are mixed, slightly better than I was expecting. 50% Rotten Tomatoes, 50 Metacritic.

THE SPY NEXT DOOR (Lionsgate) [2,924]

Oh dear. Even if this wasn't a direct rip-off of The Pacifier, it looks awful. Billy Ray Cyrus as a CIA operative? 0% Rotten Tomatoes, 31 Metacritic.

THE LOVELY BONES (Paramount) [2,563]

Finally limping into theaters with bad reviews and poor limited runs in New York and Los Angeles, Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's beloved novel is already dead in the water before most people even get a chance to see it. 36% Rotten Tomatoes, 42 Metacritic.

FISH TANK (IFC Films) [2]

Andrea Arnold's follow-up to Red Road was a critical favorite at the Cannes Film Festival and the stark coming-of-age drama opens in extremely limited release on just two screens. Looks great, can't wait to see it. 85% Rotten Tomatoes, 75 Metacritic.

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