In Theaters This Weekend: First week of December fails to provide any of that holiday cheer

3 Dec

Normally every year around this time, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hollywood is in the spirit of giving, as it’s like having the Fourth of July in December, with big blockbusters coming out every weekend, and the studios cramming in all their Oscar hopefuls right before the end of the year……normally that’s the way it happens. But this year started early, with the latest ‘Harry Potter’ outing coming a full week before Thanksgiving, and the big Christmas blockbusters like TRON: Legacy, Little Fockers, and (ugh) the CGI Yogi Bear voiced by Dan Aykroyd, still waiting in the wings. It leads you to wonder why the studios are holding onto the big films, and what they could possibly have for us this weekend. If you’re worried that it’s not much, your fears have been realized, as only one major release is hitting theaters this Friday, and it’s not much to look at…

300 meets samurais meets the old west

The Warrior’s Way, a 300-style samurai movie set in the Old West, that blends swords and stealth with Winchesters and Gatling guns. A warrior is sent to kill off a rival clan, but after he refuses to kill an innocent little baby, he goes into exile, in a Tombstone-like frontier town, where he is eventually tracked down by a whole slew of black-clad ninjas, and has to fight them all off with the handful of townspeople that have come to befriend the sensitive samurai. Yes, that is the premise, and yes I would’ve immediately written this off, had it not been for Geoffrey Rush and Kate Bosworth. This could easily be a good old-fashioned cash grab, but Oscar-winner Rush never lets us down, and you’d think Bosworth is at a point in her career where she can pick and choose scripts. But this one, with the painted backgrounds and “one vs. one hundred” impossible odds, is going to be tough to swallow, especially when we start seeing samurais blocking bullets with their swords, which is invariably, irrevocably bound to happen.

Now, if you’re lucky enough to live in one of those cosmopolitan cities that get movies out in limited release, check out Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky’s new film about the backstabbing world of big-time ballet. Don’t write this one off just yet though, as Aronofsky weaves a tale of paranoia and the human psyche, and don’t forget Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis bring great performances….plus they make out. But if girl-on-girl action isn’t your thing, check out our Will It Suck? pick of the week in I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey as a con man that finds love in prison in the form of Ewan McGregor. A comic romp, Carrey covers new ground going gay, and has never been funnier. And after a string of misses (Yes Man, The Number 23, Fun with Dick and Jane), this is just what the rubber-faced comedian needs to breathe new life into his career.

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