Can you really have summer with a superhero?
If a franchise needed a layup, it’s today’s opening of “Man of Steel”. The darker Superman reboot stars Henry Carvill and opens this weekend against solid holdovers, but only one major opening release. Much is riding on “Man of Steel”. The film has been rumored to cost well over $200 million and will be used as a barometer in deciding the course of future DC Comics superhero films including the upcoming “Justice League”, based on the adventure of Superman, Batman and others.
It remains to be seen if “Truth, Justice, and the American way” can catch on with a broad audience. So far, Warner brothers is encouraged with midnight showings already having raked in $21 million. Don’t worry about finding a seat. It’ll be playing in 4,207 locations with a majority having 3D options.
From superheroic to super funny “This Is The End” opens features a ton of comedians playing themselves…sorta. It’s the apocalypse, but the end of the world is a bit more fun thanks to James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson and Jay Baruchel. Oh, and Rihanna’s in it, too, but we’ll check it out anyway.
If you’re not into guys in capes or a lot of guys in laughs, you still have choices…
20 Feet from Stardom – If you’ve ever wondered about life as a backup singer, here’s your chance. Hear great voices and likely watch a tear or two shed. Starring Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith hill.
Fukrey – Bollywood comedy about four college pals who come across wacky characters. Stars Priya Ananad, Ali Fazal, Pulkit Samrat, and Varun Sharma.
The Bling Ring – Directed by Sofia Coppola, the film stars Emma Watson and Leslie Mann as cool kids who decide to rob celebrities like Paris Hilton. Hide your valuables.
Hatchet III – Full disclosure: I haven’t seen the first two, but it’s a horror film, there’s a swamp, massive bloodshed, a voodoo curse…and of course, a hatchet. Knock yourselves out. Stars Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, and Zach Galligan.
In the Fog – In 1942 USSR, there’s German occupation and when railworker Sushenya is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, a German officer lets him go. From there, all heck breaks loose. Stars Vladimir Svirskiy, Vladislav Abashin, and Sergei Kolesov.