Saturday, April 9, 2011

New In Theaters - April 15th, 2011

Starring (voices): Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez,
Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, & Jamie Foxx
Directed by Carlos Saldanha for distribution by 20th Century Fox

The Plot: A macaw (Eisenberg) leaves the comforts of his owner’s home to follow a potential mate (Hathaway) across the globe, only to end up in Rio de Janeiro during the height of Carnival, along with the many new friends he’s encounter along the way.

The Final Word: From the people who brought the “Ice Age” trilogy to the screen comes this new 3D animated feature. Director Carlos Saldanha, who helmed all of the “Ice” movies, could easily have himself another franchise to play with if this new movie catches on with audiences. Judging by the runaway success of kid-friendly films as of late, FOX could really be in for some luck here, especially after the movie’s recent partnership with the iPad staple “Angry Birds” worked to record breaking levels.

Starring: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox Arquette,
Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Marley Shelton, Anthony Anderson,
Adam Brody, Alison Brie, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell & Brittany Roberts
Directed by Wes Craven for distribution by Dimension Films

The Plot: Ten years after the events of the last film, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) returns back to her hometown as part a book tour, only to learn someone else has taken on the mantel of Ghostface.

The Final Word: In the 1990’s “Scream” was arguably one of the most dominating franchises around. It targeted the teen demographic in a very unique way and the end result was a trilogy which re-invigorated its genre. Now just over a decade later, Dimension is hoping to reboot the series with “Scream 4,” and could very well once again capture lighting in a bottle. The reason why this will be a success is because the studio is playing it smart and NOT changing what already works. They are taking a proven formula, adding in a new group of hot rising stars and seamlessly mixing in it in with its trio of returning veterans. The end result should be another smash hit.

Previewed next week: Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family & Water For Elephants