New movies this week
Wrath of the Titans
The gist: What could be more fun than a remake of a classic '80s movie with poorly conceived 3-D conversion and lots of CGI monsters? A second movie with the same cast and more monsters, not to mention another bad 3-D conversion. Harry Hamlin help us. PG-13
The cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston and Toby Kebbell.
The buzz: Lots of critics don't like it, but when you want to see Perseus stab a giant bear in the head with a golden pitchfork to save Zeus from hell, this is your best option. "Not a gigantic leap forward for cinema but, armed with a new director, a new story and the return of a trying-harder Worthington and good ol' Liam Neeson as a put-upon Zeus, a marked upgrade in quality," the Arizona Republic reasons.
The gist: This is the first of the live-action Snow White movies, much like when the asteroids-hitting-the-Earth movies came out, and with similar results. Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen is pretty believable casting, though. PG
The cast: Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Jordan Prentice and Robert Emms.
The buzz: As much fun as director Tarsem Singh's work is to look at, you should stick with the Disney version of this Grimm's fairy tale. "A twisted spin on the classic Snow White fairy tale that strives for a humorous contemporary edge but mostly misses," the Hollywood Reporter chides.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
The gist: A fisheries expert attempts to bring fly-fishing to the desert after he's hired by a rich Arab, but it's mostly to impress Emily Blunt, which is a pretty good reason. PG-13
The cast: Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Tom Mison and Rachael Stirling.
The buzz: An uneven rom-com with a weird title. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen hooks some charming laughs and a quaint romance by not delving too deeply into its subject matter," USA Today says.
The gist: You know the story: Big boat, big iceberg, big oops, dead Leonardo DiCaprio. Plus a naked Kate Winslet, but now in 3-D! PG-13
The cast: DiCaprio, Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates and a bunch of doomed tourists and immigrants.
The buzz: It won a million Oscars and made eleventy billion bucks, and the reviews were pretty good. You'll have to decide if it's worth paying the premium to watch 15-year-old virtual ice chunks fall in your lap.
Also this week
Gasparilla International Film Festival
The festival runs through Sunday at various Tampa locations. Individual movie tickets are $10 except opening and closing night screenings ($12), and Saturday's drive-in showing of The Thing with actor Keith David ($20 per carload; $10 for walk-ups). Ticket packages range from $50 to $1,200 for two all-access passes. Visit gasparillafilmfestival.com for complete information, or turn to Pages 40-41.
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