Movies Opening April 8th, 2011
April continues rolling along with multiple wide releases this week so let’s get right to them. There’s an action/thriller, two comedies (one restricted, the other not), an animal documentary, and a based on a true story flick. Which will be number one this weekend is debatable, but there seems to be some pretty decent choices at any rate.
First up is Hanna. This movie by director Joe Wright stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, Eric Bana as her father, and Cate Blanchett as the agent chasing the pair of them. It’s about a young girl who has been raised in the wilderness by her father (an ex CIA agent) and trained to be the perfect assassin. When she is ready, she’s sent on a mission to kill CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Blanchett). Read our review of Hanna.
The team that brought you Pineapple Express is back with Your Highness. Two Princes (one lazy, and one valiant) are sent on a quest to rescue a kidnapped damsel from an evil wizard. Along the way they encounter a female warrior who joins them for reasons of her own. James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel star in this rated R comedy.
Arthur is a remake of the 80’s comedy starring Dudley Moore. Russell Brand replaces Moore in the title role, and instead of being a drunk who is told to grow up and get married or lose his fortune, he plays a big kid who is told to grow up and get married or lose his fortune. Russell hasn’t had a very convincing career as a leading man as of yet, and by playing the lead in a toned down remake he may end up hurting his career more than helping it. We’ll see how the crowds react to it this weekend.
Morgan Freeman returns to narrating nature documentaries in Born To Be Wild. This time around documentary crews follow the people who help orphaned orangutans and elephants. All ready this movie is getting decent reviews, and by the sounds of it it’s even better on IMAX screens. Too bad more people didn’t rush out to see them however.
Soul Surfer is the true story of Bethany Hamilton, the young surfer who finds the courage within herself to return to the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack. This inspirational movie uses CGI to remove actress AnnaSophia Robb’s arm, but so far it’s been receiving mixed reviews. Better catch it while you can.
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