This marks the first of a weekly installment about what movies to look out for at the theaters each weekend. I’d love to start off with a complete list of all the films that are out now, some info about them, and my opinions of which are worth your while, but that would take way more of my time and yours than I think either of us really want. So instead, I’ll assume you’ve done a little digging for older films, and have some curiosity about what gets released this weekend. On that note, here’s what’s new this weekend:
Clash of the Titans (PG-13) — With a score of 41% on Rotten Tomatoes (hereafter RT), you might want to think twice about this one. It’s full of stars and effects and mythology, and it’s the first “BIG” movie to hit the theaters in months (oh, those dismal winter months), but this one probably wasn’t outfitted for the intellectually discerning audience. And that’s OK, right? We don’t need all of our films to make us think hard. Roger Ebert liked it, and for all the right reasons, it seems, so I’m confident that this film will satisfy most people’s appetite for popcorn. It was also directed by Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton), which means at the very least the film will have some really great energy. You can also see it in 3-D, which could be either an incentive or deterrent.
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) — Tyler Perry is a man that makes a lot of people angry. I’m not sure why. He’s a pretty good filmmaker, and he knows his audience extremely well. He also makes admirably moral films, a commodity that is becoming increasingly rarefied. So go him, and go his films. I won’t say you have to go see this movie, but I will say that it is probably pretty good. And you’d probably end up liking it and… feeling good. That’s sort of the point of his films, I think.
A Prophet (R) — This one comes out today at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake. Depending on where you live, this might be a bit of a drive, but this one is still worth some notice. It got nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards not too long ago, and a lot of people thought it would win. I can’t speak for the film personally, as I haven’t seen it, but I do know a number of people who were pretty impressed with it at Sundance.
And that’s it. Future weeks might be more exciting (or more boring — always a possibility), but for this week, this is what’s new. As obvious as it is, I actually find Movies.com to be supremely helpful when I’m in the mood to spend some time at the theaters on any given day, so I recommend a visit if you (weirdly) didn’t know about it.
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