Friday, October 17, 2008

Coming up this weekend ...

Will Max Payne finally beat down the Chihuahua?

Opening today:

  • It's never a good sign when a movie like Max Payne gets only 17% from Rotten Tomatoes. And then there's this love note from the Los Angeles Times:
    It's understandable that teenagers want to wolf down this stuff, but one has to wonder about the full-grown men who commit large chunks of their lives to turning out power fantasies for 13-year-olds. There's a case that still needs solving.
    But it nevertheless seems to be most prognosticators' pick for #1 this weekend.
  • The big surprise in the reviews of Oliver Stone's W. is that it turns out to be a "surprisingly sympathetic" portrayal of 43. The question is whether movie audiences (as opposed to those of us who average an hour a day on the political blogs) are burned out on the subject at the moment.
  • A (female) friend who caught a preview of The Secret Life Of Bees dismissed it as "the latest movie in which Dakota Fanning doesn't wash her hair". A exec at Fox, which is releasing both Bees and Max Payne, tried to convince Nikki Finke that the two movies will make "a nice dovetail", whatever that means.
  • And Sex Drive gets 43% on the Tomatometer -- more than twice as much as Max Payne.

The numbers will speak -- and we will report them on Sunday.


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