Opening This Week (4 – 10 Apr, 2011)

4 Apr

Usually animated films are at least  good for a solid first box office weekend, and Hop is no different. The kids movie raked in an impressive $38 million, beating out the sci-fi thriller Source Code ($15 million) and horror film Insidious ($13 million). So, not a bad weekend for the Easter themed film, but the question is how well it will do after such scathing reviews and against this weekend’s lineup.


Rated: PG-13

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Olivia Williams

Director: Joe Wright

Synopsis from IMDB: A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.


Chris’ Take: I think that this will be decent. Usually anything put out by Focus Features (with a very few exceptions) at least crosses into that territory. However, it doesn’t intrigue me that much. Even though it has all the elements you might ask for in a suspense thriller, including Cate Blanchett doing yet another accent, it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table that would make me interested. Probably good for a viewing, but at least I am going to wait for Netflix.

Your Highness

Rated: R

Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel

Director: David Gordon Green

Synopsis from IMDB: When Prince Fabious’s bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her… accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous.


Chris’ Take: Something tells me that I will not be amused when I watch this, but that happens for me with a lot of comedies like Anchorman, Pineapple Express, or Talladega Nights. This will probably be one of those movies where a couple days later I will start quoting some lines and then laugh heartily when I watch it on DVD. Or, this could also be a film that I totally despise for the rest of my life. I don’t really see anywhere in between for this one.


Rated: PG-13

Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig

Director: Jason Winer

Synopsis from IMDB: A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn’t like.


Chris’ Take: Russell Brand, who seems pegged as playing some sort of motor-mouthed, rich slacker, takes over the reins from Dudley Moore as Arthur, in this remake of the 1981 British comedy. While this will probably be entertaining during its viewing, I am doubtful as to whether it will have any lasting value for repeat viewings. Also, I am not sure that anyone was really dying to see a remake of this besides Hollywood wanting to bank on Brand’s charisma before his charm wears out.

Soul Surfer

Rated: PG

Starring: Annasophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Director: Sean McNamara

Synopsis from IMDB: A teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack.


Chris’ Take: Mainly for the teenage girl demographic and anyone who is dying to see a surfing film or Carrie Underwood on screen. I have trouble thinking of anyone else who would want to see this.

Limited Releases

Henry’s Crime

Rated: R

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, Peter Stormare, James Caan

Director: Malcom Venville

Synopsis from IMDB: Released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.


Chris’ Take: Even though I can’t believe he keeps getting work, there is always some part of me that wants to see Keanu Reeves succeed. I’m just glad he isn’t in an action film this time. However, he does seem to be meandering around in the preview, while everyone else around him is acting. The reviews for the film were decent after it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, so there is hope for this one yet.

Meek’s Cutoff

Rated: PG

Starring: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Paul Dano

Director: Kelly Reichardt

Synopsis from IMDB: Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.


Chris’ Take: I hadn’t heard about this one until today, but it looks very interesting and the cinematography looks superb. While it would probably be quite a chore to sit through in the theater, it could very well be a worthwhile viewing on Netflix when it comes out.


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