This is the last weekend of April, the last chance for smaller films before the cineplexes get swallowed by the blockbusters, beginning with next week's long-since leaked X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I suspect this will not be a terribly busy weekend, but that does not mean there are not films to see, and that are worth seeing. So, will you be heading out for one last shot before summer begins early?
earth. (2009, 990 minutes, G, documentary) This actually opened on Wednesday, Earth Day, and is the first film released under the Disneynature banner. Narrated by James Earl Jones this nature documentary follows the lives of a trio of animal families, lions, elephants, and whales. I am not sure I will get the chance to see this one on the big screen, but I would like to. The trailer promises some great looking footage as the film makers follow these animal families. If anyone gets to see this, please give me a heads up.
The Soloist. (2009, 109 minutes, PG-13, drama) Here is another film that has a "been there, seen that" feel to it. It centers on a couple of very different people who form a friendship and profoundly affect each others lives, not unlike Resurrecting the Champ with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett. This film is based on the true story of a Julliard musician who drops out after developing schizophrenia. He is found playing on the side of the road by a reporter who decides to write a story on the man. The two become unlikely friends. Despite the familiarity of the tale, the movie looks quite good, but that may be due to the cast and the potential for good music.
The Informers. (2009, 98 minutes, R, drama) Based on a collected series of shorts by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), The Informers is set in Los Angeles of the 1980s. It is the story of those both on top of and at the bottom of the heap. Follow the young adults as they sleep all day and party all night as their lives spin out of control in this multi-threaded tale.
- The Garden
- Il Divo
- The Mutant Chronicles
- Treeless Mountain
Box Office Predictions
The Zac Efron vehicle, 17 Again, propelled the box office last weekend. Does it have the juice to lead a second frame? Somehow I doubt it; which begs the question, what will? What movie this week will have what it takes to set the pace in the final weekend before blockbuster season begins?
Here is how I think it could play out.
|2||17 Again||$13 million|
|3||The Soloist||$11 million|
|6||State of Play||$7.25 million|
|7||Monsters vs Aliens||$6.75 million|
|8||Hannah Montana: The Movie||$4.25 million|
|9||Fast & Furious||$3.5 million|
|10||Crank: High Voltage||$2.5 million|