It looks like another wan weekend at the box office this weekend. Only two movies are opening here.
Ridley Scott’s latest sword and sandal epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings (52) is getting lukewarm reviews and really seems like nothing special. Add to the mix the insensitive casting of a lily-white man as an Egyptian king, and then Rupert Murdoch’s comment that Egyptians are white (I guess Anwar Sadat just had a really good tan) and this film will die an early death. Alonso Duralde: “This stodgy adaptation creaks with solemnity — not to mention reactionary casting choices — and apart from some nifty frog and locust infestations, even the special effects pale next to a wind-blown Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea.”
Of more interest is Top Five (83), which would seem to be Chris Rock’s stab at doing the Woody Allen thing: writing, directing, and starring in a film about a comedian who wants to be taken seriously. Rock is an undeniable talent but has never put it together past his stand-up act. Hopefully this will be the start of something big. Chris Nashawaty: “As brilliantly funny as Chris Rock is, he’s never been able to replicate the high-voltage danger and electricity of his stand-up act on the big screen. But in his latest film, the sharply satirical Top Five, he not only makes a case for why he should be a bona fide movie star, he also proves he’s a writer-director to be reckoned with.”