Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne,
Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy & Jill Clayburgh
Directed by Paul Feig for distribution by Universal
The Plot: After learning her lifelong best friend (Rudolph) is getting married, a woman (Wiig) goes through the trials and tribulations of being her maid of honor.
The Final Word: This is Universal’s attempt at replicating the success of Warner Brothers’ “The Hangover,” but after its debut trailer was not well received, many began to question if that’s possible. Although it is hard to overlook that combined four of these women has been a part of three of the most successful comedy series of all time. Each has a strong following, which could pay dividends at the box office, especially for those looking for something other 3D action films (and their ridiculously high surcharges).
Starring: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q,
Lily Collins, Steven Moyer, Brad Dourif & Christopher Plummer
Directed by Scott Stewart for distribution by Screen Gems (Sony)
The Plot: A Warrior Priest (Bettany) defies the rules he’s sworn to live by following the abduction of his niece (Collins) by vampires. Aided by his niece’s boyfriend (Gigandet), a trigger happy sheriff and a onetime Warrior Princess (Q), Priest find himself in a race against time to save her from being “turned.”
The Final Word: Paul Bettany has jumped in and out of the Hollywood spotlight for years, although this may not have been the best choice for his latest return. “Priest” will be the second of (at least) four 3D movies being released this May and it may be by far the least high profile. Then again horror films have been doing remarkably well this year and with tacked 3D fees, it could surprise. Never count a movie during the summer season.
Previewed next week: The Beaver, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides