March comes in like a muscular, oiled Greek warrior fighting, screaming, f–king and dying in slow motion:
300: Rise of an Empire: Long-awaited (well, in some circles) prequel/sequel/sidequel to Zack Snyder’s 2006 mega hit. Noam Murro (Smart People) steps into the director’s chair this time out, although by all appearances he’s acting as a surrogate for Snyder, who wrote and produced. Even if Murro didn’t exactly have a lot of creative control, this is certainly a better sophomore project than A Good Day to Die Hard, which he wisely bailed on.
The great Eva Green reportedly owns the picture from start to finish and reviews are a little better than expected (42% vs. the original’s 60%…I expected something like 10%) It seems like big, dumb fun to me but I’m sure it can be better enjoyed at home: like most gay porn.
Personal interest factor: 7.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman: Dreamworks’ feature reboot of the 1960’s Rocky and Bullwinkle supporting players. I’ve never actually seen an episode of R&B so I didn’t realize these were existing characters until a few minutes ago.
Looks terrible to me, but 74% on RT is damned good for something like this.
Personal interest factor: 2, although my six-year-old is dying to see it.
Tim’s Vermeer: Documentary investigating the techniques of 17th century dutch master Johannes Vermeer. You’ll almost certainly be able to catch this on Netflix by like May.
Personal interest factor: 7
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me: Elaine Stritch looks back on her career in this acclaimed (100% on RT!) doc.
Personal interest factor: 6
In terms of classic fare: The Criterion is showing Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Friday and Saturday evening and Saratoga Trunk (1946) Saturday and Sunday morning.
Also, Nymphomaniac Volume 1 is available OnDemand/iTunes/Vudu/Amazon, etc. beginning today. It opens theatrically in two weeks.