Saturday, April 30, 2011

New In Theaters - May 6th, 2011

Starring: Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Mike Epps & Loretta Devine
Directed by Salim Akil for distribution by TriStar (Sony)

The Plot: Two families from vastly different backgrounds meet for the first time during a wedding weekend in Martha’s Vineyard.

The Final Word: These type of urban-based comedies normally really draw in viewers and with the director of the suddenly on fire BET hit “The Game” at the helm, audiences could be in for a treat.

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, 
John Krasinski & Steve Howey
Directed by Luke Greenfield for distribution by Warner Brothers

The Plot: Two best friends (Goodwin, Hudson) clash when one unknowingly sleeps with the other’s fiancĂ©e (Egglesfield).

The Final Word: For Ginnifer Goodwin, “Big Love” couldn’t have ended at a better time as the star of the long-running HBO drama is really beginning to come into her own. Here she’ll team with romantic comedy veteran Kate Hudson, in what seems like on the surface a very straight-forward premise that we’ve seen before. Although audiences who aren’t into the superhero genre may be looking for the anti-action film this weekend and “Borrowed” certainly fits that category. Warner Brothers also knows it will have to strike fast because Universal’s “Bridemaids,” starts the following week and is targeting the same demographic.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, 
Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, 
Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas,Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba,
 Clark Gregg, Colm Feore & Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by Kenneth Branagh for distribution by Paramount/Marvel

The Plot: A talented but arrogant warrior (Hemsworth) from another world is banished to Earth where he meets a group of scientists that help mold him into a true hero.

The Final Word: For comic book fans, the road to next summer’s “The Avengers” begins here and they couldn’t be more excited. After the success of “Iron Man” and to a lesser extent “The Incredible Hulk,” the framework for Marvel’s superhero ensemble pic is slowly coming together and the studio is banking on the relatively unknown Hemsworth to bring it home. Based on early footage and interviews it looks very likely that “Thor” will follow the same roadmap that made Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man” a massive hit and that’s good news for both Paramount and Marvel considering how hard it is to please the fanboy community. 

Previewed next week: Bridemaids, Priest