IN THEATRES: The Summer of Money Begins

Everybody turns their attention to the Box Office this weekend as the summer movie season officially kicks off. The total gross this weekend could outline what Hollywood can expect this year. As I noted in my predictions, I think Summer ’09 is going to be huge.

Three to See This Weekend:

1) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Super Saturation)

Directed By: Gavin Hood

Rotten Tomatoes: 35% | Metacritic: 42

Everybody else is seeing it, so why not? Actually, the film is not as bad as I thought it would be (review coming later) and was actually good on the performance side. How well this film does at the box office this weekend will likely indicate whether or not 2009 will continue its record highs.

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Here is what Kris Tapley from In Contention has to say:

For the geeks, there are plenty of bonuses.  While the concept of packing the film to the gills with a wide array of secondary characters from the X-universe might have seemed like overkill from afar, each piece has its place in the puzzle here and never overwhelms the mixture.

>> Full Review

 

2) Is Anybody There? (Limited Expansion)

Directed By: John Crowley

Rotten Tomatoes: 65% | Metacritic: 55

This Michael Caine powered drama expands to more cities this weekend. Caine is being highly praised for his career reflective performance. It’s the story of an aging British magician who rediscovers his youth with the help of a young boy who visits his nursing home. Looks like a definite winner.

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Here is what Harvey S. Karten of Showbiz Forum has to say:

This is one of those films you go to not so much because of its slight story but rather to watch a master performer in action—much as you’d attend yet another rendition of the laughably melodramatic “Carmen” not for the plot but for a role sung by Placido Domingo.

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3) The Girlfriend Experience (On Demand)

Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A | Metacritic: N/A

Steven Soderbergh’s indie film starring veteran porn actress Sasha Grey becomes available On Demand this weekend, three weeks before its theatrical release. If you don’t have a cable programmer that offers it, you can watch it on Amazon’s Video on Demand. It’s a cool way to see the film early.

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Here’s what Kirk Honeycutt from The Hollywood Reporter has to say:

The effect is impressionistic and provocative, with the emphasis falling differently on scenes because of our knowledge or lack thereof. It also serves to view the “girlfriend experience” as a kind of performance art.

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Also New in Theatres (But Worth Skipping):
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Battle for Terra

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