Movies Opening in New Haven – Weekend of March 7th, 2014

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March comes in like a muscular, oiled Greek warrior fighting, screaming, f–king and dying in slow motion:

300: Rise of an EmpireLong-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.

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