It has been a decent first third of the year. We are about to enter the blockbuster time of year where it seems every weekend there is a film that makes over $50 million domestic. Up to this point in the year, the movie box office seems to be the only industry that is booming, making more than it ever has (thanks mostly to ticket price inflation). There are some more releases this weekend that are with adding to that box office total.
Two to See:
1) Earth (Wide)
Directed By: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% | Metacritic: 71
In honor of this week’s Earth day, why not head out and see this testament to our planet. Also, this is one that looks like it would be more breath-taking to see on the big screen than at home on DVD. If you’re not up for this one, definitely go rent the ‘Planet Earth’ BBC series on DVD or Blu-Ray on which, this film is based.
Here’s what Claudia Puig from USA Today has to say:
The film is at its best when it focuses on the life-and-death struggles of various species and their vulnerable young. The scenes of hunting animals and their prey are riveting if sometimes upsetting.
2) The Soloist (Very Wide)
Directed By: Joe Wright
Rotten Tomatoes: 54% | Metacritic: 60
At one time this was showing up on a lot of Oscar prediction lists as one of the Best Picture frontrunners. Then it was bumped up into the awards-deprived month of April. It’s still a great story and Downey, Jr. and Foxx’s performances will make it worth seeing. If you don’t think the movie is for you at least check out this 60 minutes piece about Nathaniel’s story.
Here’s what Colin Covert from the Minneapolis Star Tribune has to say:
The film sees serious mental illness in all its complex reality. It’s not a germ that goes away with a dose of therapy or drugs. This is a story of redemption shot through with setbacks and disappointments. Time and again, Lopez’s efforts are dashed. Moving Ayers into an apartment should be a straightforward process, but he lashes out in a violent meltdown. Then he remorsefully apologizes to Lopez, whom he calls his “God.”
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