Light-on-substance studio films and substance-crammed independent offerings battle it out for your hard-earned movie-renting dollars this week. Relax -- Amanda Seyfried is in one of each, so you're covered.
Despite some middling reviews, Shrek Forever After managed to hold onto the number-one spot for the second week in a row, defeating new releases Prince of Persia and Sex and the City 2 by bringing in the kids and charging extra for 3-D. Don't expect it to hang out in the Top Ten for long, though -- sure, the previous kid-friendly spot-hog, How to Train Your Dragon, is only now preparing to exit the Top Ten after 10 weeks, but between Marmaduke, The Karate Kid and Toy Story 3, the next three weeks will likely eat into Shrek's young audience, as well as the souls of any accompanying adults. (Toy Story 3 being the sure-to-be-tear-inducing exception.)
Oh man, this movie is boring. You don't even know yet, probably, but it is. I can't believe I made it out of there awake. For the first six hours I was pretty focused on my fear that I would go into one of those really deep hibernation comas, like a bear, and that I'd have to be dragged out by the AMC staff and end up on the news, which would be very embarrassing and not at all worth it. I guess it's for kids? Is that the problem? Last time I checked, though, kids hate being bored, so if this is for kids, they have done it wrong.
Just a few days ago at Comic-Con, the video-game-turned-movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was being talked up as a June 2009 release. Note the date on the promotional poster which, without a picture of princely star Jake Gyllenhaal, might as well be an ad for a Pier 1 sale. Variety is now reporting that Walt Disney Pictures has pushed back the release date nearly a full year to Memorial Day weekend 2010. Hey, maybe next year at the con Disney will hand out little "10"s you can stick to the posters they gave you this year!
Dear Sir. You must really like to work. You've been in 17 films in the last five years, and you seems to take the good roles as readily as the bad ones. They don't all have to be Gandhi, Sir Ben, but think about what you're doing! Suspect Zero and You Kill Me weren't bad. Bloodrayne and Thunderbirds weren't good. We assume you made The Love Guru to be in a blockbuster and The Wackness to make out with an Olsen twin, but The Prince of Persia? Really?