Movies Opening in New Haven – Weekend of January 23rd, 2014

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With temperatures in the single digits: DTV-level horror pictures, an Australian-produced Laotian drama and a dozen European classics await New Haven area audiences within the warm confines of theaters this weekend:

i-frankenstein-poster-4I, Frankenstein: (Trailer) Aaron Eckhart makes one last, doomed attempt at leading man status with this embarrassing sci-fi/action take on the Frankenstein legend from writer/director Stuart Beattie (Collateral, The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).

“From the Producers of Underworld” – which sounds like more of a threat than a selling point.  Not screened for critics, obvs.

Personal interest factor: 1

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The Rocket: (Trailer) Childhood drama about a “cursed” boy in Laos who enters a rocket-making competition.  While the film sits at a promising (to say the least) 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, some critics are down on the film’s sentimentality and predictable nature.  Still, it sounds like a winner.

Personal interest factor: 6

For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running Fargo (1996) Friday and Saturday evening and The Philadelphia Story (1940) Saturday and Sunday morning.

There’s a film conference at Yale University, New Wave Europe: Cinema circa 1962, starting Thursday evening and running through Sunday.  Screenings include Jules et Jim (1962), Vivre Sa Vie (1962), Salvatore Giuliano (1962), Passenger (1963), Diamonds of the Night (1964), La Jetee (1962) and L’Eclisse (1962), Divided Heaven (1964), Eva (1964), Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962), Through a Glass Darkly (1961) and Ivan’s Childhood (1962).  Admission is free and it’s open to the public.  Hit the link above for more details.

4 responses »

  1. Eckhart seems like he popped in the wrong decade. In the late 80s to early 90s he could have been a star in the Costner mold.

  2. He was a star. He was amazing in In the Company of Men and he had a great run in some great movies, perhaps the best of which (aside from ‘Men’) was Thank You For Smoking. Easily never as huge as Costner, but he fit that JV Costner mode pretty well.

  3. He has about 70% of the charisma necessary to be a theatrical leading man. He’ll clean up with some terrible NCIS spin-off on television in a few years.

  4. I, Frankenstein is going to bring in about 7 million this weekend on a 65 million budget. Should be a huge money loser for Lionsgate.

    That’s an absurd amount to spend on something like this.

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