September 10, 2010

Critic Roundup: Friday, Sept. 10

Heading to the theater this weekend? Get caught up with what the critics have to say about this week's new releases.

Resident Evil: Afterlife
MRQE Metric: TBA
The only wide release opening this weekend is the fourth installment in the Resident Evil saga, adapted from the popular video game franchise. Mila Jovovich reprises her role as zombie-killing Alice, protecting the world from the undead (victims of a rapidly spreading virus infection). Critics note that while fans of the franchise will turnout, there's nothing new here, except that it's in 3-D--and even that is unimpressive.

MRQE Pick: I'm Still Here
MRQE Metric: 68
In late 2008 actor Joaquin Phoenix announced his retirement from acting. His next move was to focus on his music career--a career in rap, with Sean "Diddy" Combs as manager. However, after an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, many started to question whether his sudden change of careers was real or just a publicity stunt. Casey Affleck picks up a camera to document Phoenix's every move, leaving you, the viewer, to decide. Critics either took it at face value or with a grain of salt, and what remains is a pervasive doc that's a must see.

Bran Nue Dae
MRQE Metric: 58
The 1990 Australian musical about the romantic adventures of a young aboriginal couple comes to the big screen via director Rachel Perkins, starring Geoffrey Rush. While the musical and film were a hit in its native country, it's themes might be a little lost State-side. Nevertheless, critics praise it as good-hearted fun.

Heartbreaker (L' Arnacoeur)
MRQE Metric: TBA
This French comedy about a playboy who meets his match might sound like a tired rom-com concept, but critics praise the wit and charm of lead actors Roman Duris and Vanessa Paradis.

MRQE Metric: TBA
Danny Glover, and WWE wrestler John Cena stars in this sports drama produced by WWE Studios. The film follows the story of a teen who looks to reunite his family by following in his late father's footsteps, joining his high school wrestling team. Critics warn of a "schmaltzy" plot that makes the film feel more like a made-for-TV movie.

Lovely, Still
MRQE Metric: TBA
Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn star in this Christmas-themed story about an elderly man who discovers love for the first time. Lovely, Still finds charm in its lead actors, but as Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter points out, the film remains as a "…heavy-handed romantic drama that bears all the feel-good hallmarks of a Hallmark production before taking a forced Hitchcockian turn late in the game that goes down as agreeably as a jagged candy cane..."

The Romantics
MRQE Metric: TBA
Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel lead an ensemble cast in a film about eight close friends, who meet on the night before the wedding of one of their own, where a love triangle comes to a head between the maid-of-honor, the bride, and the groom. While performances are good, the character-heavy drama might leave you yearning for more plot.

The Virginity Hit
MRQE Metric: TBA
This mockumentary for the YouTube Generation, produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, finds a group of teens chronicling one of their friend's quest to lose his virginity. The film was shot with cell phone and hand-held cameras to achieve a convincing effect. The side-effect, critics warn, is that the comedy might be all too raw for many audiences.


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