This week, there are four new movies opening. There are three opening everywhere and one in limited release.
Opening Nationwide on Friday, January 11th:
Movie: First Sunday (PG-13)
Starring: Ice Cube, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan, Loretta Devine & Michael Beach
Synopsis: Two buddies with a criminal history find out that an ex of one of them is about to move out of state with his son. She won’t leave if they can get the money to help her get out of debt. So, they come up with a plan to rob a church. During the heist, they find that the money has already been stolen. They then end up having to spend the night with some of the church’s parishioners at the church in order to try and get money, but end up getting a whole lot more.
First Thoughts: Have a feeling that this is pretty bad. There is only one marginal laugh in the trailer and since the trailers usually give away all the funny parts that is not a good sign.
Movie: In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (PG-13)
Starring: Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies, Ron Perlman, Clair Forlani, Burt Reynolds, Kristanna Loken, Matthew Lillard & Ray Liotta
Genre: Action Adventure Fantasy
Synopsis: War is on the horizon in the kingdom and a man sets out to track down his kidnapped wife and also avenge the death of his son by the Krugs. While this is going on, an evil villain uses his army to try and overthrow the true king and take over his throne.
First Thoughts: An adaptation of the video game Dungeon Siege brought to you by producer and director Uwe Boll, who also brought you the video game adaptation of BloodRayne, one of the worst movies I have ever seen. This has all the markings of that flick, a cast of known actors, a video game background and, of course, director Uwe Boll.
Movie: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie (G)
Starring: Mike Nawrocki & Phil Vischer
Genre: Animated Children’s Fantasy
Synopsis: A group of veggie friends work in offstage at the Pirates Times Dinner Theater. Each would like to star in the show, but some of their faults keep them on the sidelines. One day the get sent back into the 17th century and end up in the middle of a fight with a tyrant and each gets a chance to come into their own and learn what it means to be a hero.
First Thoughts: If you are a parent with small children, then you will probably enjoy this. Well, at least they might enjoy themselves and you will enjoy that.
Movies in Limited Release:
- Summer Palace – Foreign romance drams about a country girl in China that attends a university and falls totally in love with another student.
Expanding to more theaters this week are The Bucket List (read review), starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, The Kite Runner, The Orphanage, and There Will Be Blood.
New Movie Friday is making a little change this year. Last year, only movies that were opening during a given week, usually on Friday, were on the list of choices each week. This year, any movie that opens in my area for the first time in a given week will be a possibility that week. For example, The Bucket List opened weeks ago, but only in LA, NY and Toronto, and that would have left it off of this week’s choices last year. With that little tweak in my self-imposed rules, there are four new movies this week to choose from. They are The Bucket List, First Sunday, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie. What new movie will you be heading out to see this week?