Friday, April 22, 2011

Movie movement: Welcome Adjustment

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 3:52 PM


Some tidbits for the upcoming film week:

• Let's talk about No Man's Land. It's a specific place — or more accurately, a specific time — in which movies have completed their wide-release distribution run and are now fair game for the discount theaters but aren't there yet. It's that glorious bumper in between when you were gouged $9.50 for a movie, and when it's a veritable miraculous bargain at $1.50. (Or even better: $.75 cent Tuesdays.)

Anyway, Battle: Los Angeles, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Red Riding Hood and Rango are all stuck smack in the middle of No Man's Land, coming to a Picture Show near you in the near future.

• Arrived and ready for discounted action at PS are The Adjustment Bureau, Paul — which brought in $76.3 million worldwide, making it Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's top-grossing collaboration — The King's Speech (finally) and I Am Number Four, a film which Roger Ebert called "shameless and unnecessary" and is the product of James Frey's fairly heinous fiction factory Full Fathom Five.

• Gone from the Show and headed to (or already arrived in) stores near you are Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son — a Martin Lawrence vehicle with a 30 percent rating on Rotten TomatoesTRON: Legacy, Yogi Bear and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Regarding the latter film, despite rumors that the franchise was so toxic that Walt Disney Pictures happily passed the film to 20th Century Fox — and would be discontinued thereafter — a sequel has been greenlit. That's right, ladies and gentlemen: Get your camping tents ready for the release of The Magician's Nephew.

The Lincoln Lawyer is down solely to showings at Hollywood Interquest.

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