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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Movies This Weekend! 4/4/08

ShowHype: hype it up!
Hi everyon, sorry this post is so late this week, I know that you were looking forward to it, but I've been dealing with some really stressful stuff at home... especially yesterday, and I wasn't able to post. Anyway, I still have a review of 21 that I'd like to get out this week, and I'll try to if I can. Remember, the Carnival of Cinema will be posted here this week, so get your entries in if you'd like to take part! I'm actually going to be reading most of the submissions tonight, can't wait to do that.

But on to the meat of this post, the movies this weekend. As usual, I'm going to focus on the wide releases, but for those of you interested in the other openings, please check out Rotten Tomatoes!

Leatherheads - Set in the 1920s, Leatherheads explores the growth of American football. Dodge Connolly (George Clooney) is a brash, football hero who is trying to lead his team out of barfights and into packed stadiums. To try to boost the popularity of the growing sport, he convinces a hotshot college star to join his team. Carter Rutherford joins the team, a war hero with dashing good looks. The rise of the team brings Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger), who thinks Rutherford is too good to be true. This may be the case, and as she delves further and further into Rutherford's past, Connolly and Rutherford become rivals, vying for her affections.

How's it gonna do? For this one, I really have no idea. The concept is interesting, and all guys like football for the most part. This one... is a romantic comedy, which usually screams girls dragging guys to it. If I had to make a prediction (and I'm going to), I say that the ladies win out, and the guys aren't too disappointed because it has football. It might be trying too hard to please everyone, but I think it's a bit of a sleeper hit. Look for this to top the box office this weekend!

Nim's Island - Nim's island is a magical place, ruled by the imagination of a young girl. She bases it on the world of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover, one of the world's greatest adventurers. However, what she doesn't know is that the author of her favorite adventurer lives a reclusive life in the big city. When her father goes missing, she finds herself joined up with the author of Alex Rover. Together, they must call upon their imaginations and the courage of their favorite hero to try to bring her father back.

How's it Gonna do? A kids movie! I think that this one will do fairly well, as most kids movies tend to do. It's really hard to find films that are considered "appropriate" for kids these days, and this might fit the bill. I know some parents don't care, but I personally would, and if I had to pick between this or one of those horror movies that comes out, I would pick this one. Parents won't mind coming to this one with their kids, which will boost it's showing. Still... it's no Horton hears a Who, so I only expect a modest showing. Maybe my opinion will change if I see it.

The Ruins - A Steve B. Smith adaptation of his own novel. A group of vacationeers travels to a ruined site in search of a missing man. However, they are not prepared for what they find, which is much more dangerous than they ever could have imagined....

How's it gonna do? Thank the good Lord this one is rated R. I'm tired of all the little teenyboppers and their friends talking on their cell phones, texting, and running in and out of theatres. At least this will eliminate some of that. That being said, the rating will hurt it at the box office, as many of the people who would come out to see this one are going to be left out of the theatre. The story and preview seem interesting, but not good enough to draw a huge crowd...

That's it for the movies this week. Any opinions on these??

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