Snow White had her seven dwarfs. Likewise, this week’s biggest new movie is trailed by seven little releases that I’ll blow through in today’s post.
Of course, the only big opener today is ‘Snow White and the Huntsman‘, a re-imagining of the well-known fairy tale. Since a good chunk of the filmmakers are unknown and unproven, it may be hard to gauge what to expect from a movie like this. Having seen it, I’ll tell you that it’s leaps and bounds better than Tarsem Singh’s ‘Mirror Mirror’, and that it’s much too dark and violent for children. I’m not saying that it should be rated R, but it definitely earns its PG-13. With a heavy tone and a ‘Lord of the Rings‘ feeling, this fairy tale is worth checking out, no matter your age or gender. Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and (yes) even Kristen Stewart are great in it, and the movie is visually astonishing.
Opening on 757 screens is something called ‘For Greater Glory‘. From the Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor of ‘The Two Towers’ and ‘The Return of the King’ comes a small historical drama about the Cristeros War of Mexico in the 1920s. I know nothing about this war or this movie, but the cast is surprising: Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Eva Longoria, Bruce Greenwood, Peter O’Toole and Nestor Carbonell.
Apparently, teenage dance films are making their way into indie territory. I didn’t know that indie filmgoers were so big into dance flicks, but here’s ‘Battlefield America‘. The sad thing is that ‘Battlefield America’ is opening on more than twice as many screens as ‘Piranha 3DD‘, which wasn’t screened for press in my region (nor is it opening here). I’d rather watch Katrina Bowden, Ving Rhames (who somehow survived ‘Piranha 3D‘), David Koechner, David Hasselhoff, Christopher ‘Doc Brown’ Lloyd, Paul Scheer and Gary Busey fight off a bunch of CG fish than a group of young dancing no-names – but that’s just me.
Because I love to learn about foreign cultures, I’d like to check out the documentary called ‘5 Broken Cameras‘. It follows a Palestinian farmer who has stood up to the Israeli army via non-violence.
Based on the IMDb plot description alone, I wish that the French animated movie ‘A Cat in Paris‘ was opening near me: “In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar’s aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, the little girl he lives with, after she falls into a gangster’s clutches.” An animated cat + burglary + gangsters = SOLD!
Matt Bush (who also stars in ‘Piranha 3DD’) appears alongside Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis, Colin Hanks, Sean Marquette and Curtis Armstong in ‘High School‘, an R-rated comedy about a graduating valedictorian who gets high, fails a drug test, and is determined to get the entire graduating class high too so they all fail the exam.
Finally, we have ‘Like Water‘, a documentary that follows a UFC fighter on the track to success.
What are you seeing this weekend?