When so many movies are released each weekend and trailers often seem better than the movie itself, what should one do? In this precarious situation, we consult the The CineMagic 8-Ball (TM) to help us see through the nebulous marketing haze. Doing so just might save us all a disheartening trip to the cinema and spare us unnecessarily springing for $7 popcorn. See what the 8-Ball says about this week’s releases…
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen, who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with the huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.
The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook good”
After the terror unleashed on Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood thirsty piranhas are back. This time, no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of summer’s best attraction, The Big Wet Water Park. Even though the first film was an unexpectedly entertaining B-movie send up, and the fact we’re getting Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames and David Hasselhoff, this just looks like a film that has a little sun burn on the brain. Unless you’re 12, and in that case you can’t get into the theater anyway, this probably isn’t worth the time.
The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook not good”
THE LOVED ONES
Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom, but Brent said no, and now he’s screwed. What happens when Lola doesn’t get what she wants? She enlists Daddy’s help to throw a prom of her own where she is queen and Brent is king, whether he likes it or not. THE LOVED ONES is what happens when puppy love goes horribly, violently wrong. Brent should have said yes. It’s taken a while for this to hit theaters but those who saw it on the Festival circuit from 2010 are still talking about it. Talk about longevity.
The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Signs point to WIN”
Also hitting theaters is the Andy Garcia led foreign-language period piece For Greater Glory and the Adrien Brody indie High School, both playing in limited release. What will you be seeing? Or if you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.