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This is a week of riches where the art titles are concerned. It's not all that unusual that we get three art movies in one week. It is unusual when we get three of them I'd classify as being in the "must-see" realm. And it's even more unusual when it happens in April. For that matter, there are also four other movies of the mainstream variety headed our way. Offhand, they seem likely to be shy of the "must-see" realm.
Now that ActionFest is over (not that I got to deal with much of it — something easily explained when you see the volume of reviewing in this week's paper), things can get back to normal. Judging by the week's mainstream releases that may not be such a good thing. Thank Clapton for "art house" titles.
OK, look: It's ActionFest weekend -- what more do you really need to know prior to Monday? There are more movies than you can shake a stick at (if you care for that sort of thing) without having to even consider the rather grim prospect of such things as The Three Stooges. And I'll be taking a sneak peak at that tomorrow. But for now, let's go ahead and consider the week on the whole.
If it was measured in sheer quantity, the indie and art titles would win this coming weekend hands down -- at least locally. There are three of them -- and something else harder to quantify -- up against one mainstream film. By rights, it ought to be a blood bath. And it will be, but with that solo juggernaut that is The Hunger Games the easy victor.
Is there some little something you've been putting off doing that didn't involve going to the movies? Some project? It could be anything from organizing your DVDs to starting to slog your way through War and Peace. You know that stack of DVDs you've been meaning to get at? Well, this may be the weekend to undertake any of those things. To say that the pickings are lean is probably an understatement. What we have are a whopping two titles -- one of which is probably not worthy of the word "title," let alone "movie." The other ... well, that remains to be seen.
The fact that the American public forked over $70 million this past weekend to see Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, and another $21 million to watch Project X is fairly compelling evidence that the reason Hollywood continues to traffic in the mediocre is that the public actually likes it. At the very least, the public keeps on encouraging them to deliver the not-so-good goods. Just bear that in mind when you complain about how bad movies are. And we get four new ones to choose from this week -- three of the mainstream variety, and one that's at least sort of art house.
It's kind of a light week from where I sit (and I'm not sorry), since we get four movies this week and I've seen two of them already. We've got two mainstream releases and two art titles overall, though, so it may not be so light from your perspective. And with a couple of last week's titles being given the bum's rush, you might want to consider some mid-week trips to the movies, too.
So this week we have no less than six new movies opening. That sounds like an embarassment of riches, doesn't it? Well, at least two of them qualify as riches. Some of the others have all the earmarks of more likely just being embarassments -- an impression not helped by the fact that not a single one of them has been screened for critics. It's going to be pretty much what we call in technical parlance, a crap shoot.
I look at this week's three offerings -- two mainstream, one art house -- and the first thing that immediately occurs to me is that it has to be better than last week. Since I'd already seen the Oscar shorts, last weekend was a complete washout for me. How bad was it with those out of the mix? Well, this week is one of the few editions that carries no Weekly Pick. That's grim. That's February grim.
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