Lots of new releases locally this week so it’s going to be quick:
Superman should be looking under his bed because Monsters University is poised to give him box office nightmares this weekend. The iffy-looking, unnecessary sequel is tracking for a terrific opening and should prove to be kryptonite to the superhero franchise’s family business.
This second weekend is vital to Man of Steel as a greater than 60% drop could prevent a 300M+ finish domestically.
World War Z – (RT: 69%, MC: 60%) – Brat Pitt zombie drama (based on the novel by Max Brooks) that seems to have turned out ok despite massive production problems. Paramount did a wonderful job marketing this, it has a legitimate shot at #2 this weekend. Personal interest factor: 7
The Bling Ring – (RT: 64%, MC: 67%) – A new Sofia Coppola film is something to be excited for. Unfortunately this sounds like this is a misfire. Great soundtrack, though. Personal interest factor: 9
Much Ado about Nothing – (RT: 84%, MC: 76%) – Joss Whedon shot this in his house with his friends and no budget and blah blah. Absolutely no reason to see this theatrically. Personal interest factor: 5
Monsters University – (RT: 83%, MC: 66%) – My son will love it, but decent reviews can’t convince me I need to revisit these characters. Personal interest factor: 5
Dirty Wars – Documentary about covert wars raged by The United States. Sounds well-meaning and like something that will sit in your Netflix instant queue for years to come.
Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film about Levon Helm – (RT: 92%, MC: 77%) – It’s a film about Levon Helm (a musician.) See above for your viewing timetable.
For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running the James Bond adventure Thunderball (1965) and Carnival of Souls (1962) Friday-Sunday.