Opening This Week (June 3, 2011)

1 Jun

As predicted last week, Hangover Part II took the top prize at this past weekend’s box office, bringing in an impressive $85.9 million over the 3 day weekend, and if you include Thursday, reached $115 million dollars in its first 4 days. Kung Fu Panda 2 may or may not have underperformed, it depends on one’s point of view.  It reached just about what I expected, $40 million, which is pretty good considering the other blockbusters that came out close to its release. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides took a 60% loss at the box office, bringing in $39 million. I am pretty sure there will be a new #1 after this weekend and Pirates will have all but disappeared in its 3rd week in release. Here are this week’s releases:

X-Men: First Class

Rated: PG-13

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Synopsis from IMDB: In 1963, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend… and future archenemy.


Chris’ Take: X-Men was my favorite comic when I was younger, and I feel like the first two movies validated that love. As soon as the third one came out, I grew sad thinking that the series ended like that. Then, there was a new hope, a film devoted entirely to Wolverine, and yet again my soul was crushed by a film that didn’t do his character justice. I was hesitant to get excited about the reboot of the series, but with Bryan Singer producing and Matthew Vaughn directing, I gave it a chance. Then, the trailer came out and there was no looking back. I will definitely be lining up for a midnight showing this week, and if the early reviews are any indication (98% on RT), I might not be disappointed this time.

Limited Releases


Rated: R

Starring: Noah Taylor, Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine

Director: Richard Ayoade

Synopsis from IMDB: 15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.


Chris’ Take: Based on the reviews (92 % on RT) and the buzz around the internet, this is sure to be an indie hit. It certainly has a very Noah Baumbach feel about it, especially akin to The Squid and the Whale. While it may not be a “theater” movie, it will probably be on my Netflix Queue.


Rated: R

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent

Director: Mike Mills

Synopsis from IMDB: A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.


Chris’ Take: While I am sure this is an interesting film, and Focus Features is usually a good gauge of quality (86% on RT), I kind of feel like I have watched this movie before somewhere, and that it seems dull. Maybe one day I’ll be in the mood for it, but not today.


Rated: R

Starring: Cassidy Freeman, Laura Heisler, Clark Freeman, Anessa Ramsey

Director: Jesse Holland & Andy Mitton

Synopsis from IMDB: One Morning in New England, 1940, the entire population of Friar New Hampshire – 572 people – walked together up a winding mountain trail and into the wilderness. They left behind their clothes, their money, all of their essentials. Even their dogs were abandoned, tied to posts and left to starve. No One knows why. A search party dispatched by the U.S. Army eventually discovered the remains of nearly 300 of Friar’s evacuees. Many had frozen to death. Others were cruelly and mysteriously slaughtered. The bodies of the remaining citizens are still unaccounted for. Over the years, a quiet cover-up operation managed to weave the story of Friar into the stuff of legends and backwoods fairy tales. The town has slowly repopulated, but the vast wilderness is mostly untracked, with the northern-most stretches off limits to local hunters and loggers. In 2008, the coordinates for the “YELLOWBRICKROAD” trail head were declassified. The first official expedition into a dark and twisted wilderness will attempt to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar…and reach the end of the trail.


Chris’ Take: This looks like The Blair Witch Project, except not done in mockumentary format. However, I am on the lookout for good horror films, and this one is getting decent buzz, so I will probably check it out.



3 Responses to “Opening This Week (June 3, 2011)”

  1. Tom Brown June 1, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    I’m pretty sure they ripped off the story for Beginners from Death at a Funeral (The good British one, not the crappy black one).

  2. Liz Brown June 4, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    Why do these people insist on making it impossible for me to walk about my in-laws property in NH without wondering if there’s a creepy hill person behind every tree?

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