What New Movies Start the Week Before Easter?

There are 10 movies opening this week, three on Wednesday, one on Thursday and six on Friday. Four of the films open wide and six are in limited release. So, what movies are opening this week?

Opening Nationwide on Wednesday, April 4th:

Movie: Are We Done Yet? (PG-13)
Starring: Ice Cube and Nia Long
Genre: Family Comedy
Synopsis: This is a sequel to Are We There Yet? This time Nick and Suzanne have moved the children to a big house away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They end up with a wacky contractor to fix up the house, which complicates the move. Things go downhill from there.
First Thoughts: It looks like The Money Pit meets Funny Farm, but with Ice Cube instead of Tom Hanks or Chevy Chase.

Movie: Firehouse Dog (PG)
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp
Genre: Family Adventure Comedy
Synopsis: The story of a dog named Rex, who is a famous Hollywood stunt dog. One day he gets separated from his owner and ends up being taken in by a 12 year old boy and his father the fire-chief of one of the worst stations in San Francisco. With the help of this special dog, they turn things around and stop an evil arsonist that is terrorizing the city.
First Thoughts: If you liked the Air Bud movies, you will probably enjoy this one.

Opening Nationwide on Thursday, April 5th:

Movie: The Reaping (R)
Starring: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey and AnnaSophia Robb
Genre: Horror Suspense Thriller
Synopsis: A former missionary who has lost her faith after the loss of her family in tragic circumstances is now all about disproving religious phenomena. When a small town starts to suffer from biblical type plagues, she is called in to investigate. Once there she finds that science doesn’t have an explanation for the occurrences and must once again renew her faith to defeat the evil that is plaguing the town.
First Thoughts: Looks creepy.

Opening Nationwide on Friday, April 6th:

Movie: Grindhouse (R) (Read Review)
Starring: Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Freddy Rodriguez and Many More
Genre: Horror Suspense Thriller
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez decide to get a little exploitive. They have team together to pay homage to a style of movies in the 1970s. They each directed a feature and others directed mock trailers that appear between the two films. The first one is by Rodriguez and is a zombie movie called “Planet Terror.” Tarantino directed the second, a slasher type film called “Death Proof.” It is about a man and his car that stalks women.
First Thoughts: It is by Tarantino and Rodriquez so it is getting a lot of pub. It has a girl with a gun for a leg and a car that crashes but the driver never dies, but the passengers are not so lucky. It could be a lot of fun or it could be a lot of over-hyped carnage.

Movies Opening in Limited Release:

Movie: The Hoax (R)
Starring: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina and Hope Davis
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Based on a true story of a man in the early 1970s that attempted to pull off a huge scam in the media. He writes a fake biography of famous recluse Howard Hughes. He says that the book was commissioned by Hughes himself and sells it to a publisher.
First Thoughts: This sounds like it could be a good ride. Opens Friday.

Other Movies in Limited Releases This Week:

  • Black Book – A foreign thriller set in WWII about a Dutch Jewish girl who just barely survives the war in Holland. Opens Wednesday in Los Angeles and New York.
  • Fakers – A comedy about a guy trying to use a fake painting to get out of debt with a crime boss. Opens Friday.
  • The Night of White Pants – A comedy drama about a rich guy who has to hit the town with his daughter’s lowlife boyfriend. Opens Friday.
  • The Pleasures of Your Company – Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher star in this romantic comedy. Opens Friday.
  • The TV Set – A comedy starring David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver about a guy trying to get his TV script produced and the show on the air. Being that I am also a TVaholic, I would really like to see this one. Opens Friday in Los Angeles and New York.

That leaves New Movie Friday with five movies opening in a theater in my area, but only two that actually open on Friday, April 6th, those being Grindhouse and The Hoax. What looks good to you this week? Will any of these offerings top the box office this weekend?

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