Greetings, citizen. Are you getting enough oxygen? Excellent. First, the 60 second version: Saw II is bloody, Meryl rules, The Legend of Zorro is fun but not fun enough, and Nic Cage is a bastard. For details, read on.
- Prime: It appears that Prime is yet another of those "Well, it's not horrible" movies. As Roger Ebert predicts, the word "flawed" shows up in most of the reviews - which, while it means that none of the are horrible, isn't overly encouraging. Basically, it's a tired story (what Ebert calls an "Idiot Plot"), filled with implausibilities that is made likable by appealing characters and an asskickingwomannamedMeryl Streep.
- Saw II: Aw yeah - no neutral reviews here, baby. Robert hated it so much that his review has gotten a comment from each and every person who liked the movie. Or thinks they might like it. Or thinks he shouldn't. Sadly for the movie's fans, Robert isnotexactly alone. There are, however, a few who actually sort ofdug it - no matter their reactions, though, I think it's safe to say that everyone agrees on one thing: Saw II is very much not for the squeamish.
- The Legend of Zorro: The problem with making a sequel to a movie that everyone likes in spite of themselves is that it's really unlikely you're going to take them by surprise again, and The Legend of Zorro is no exception. When Stephen Holden describes it as "busier, sloppier, less coherent and more frantic" that the original (meaning the one from 1998, not the first one ever), he's nicely summarized the prevailingopiniononthisone. If you go in with the right attitude, though, it's sure to be fun - plus, the people are pretty. That's something, right?
- The Weather Man: The one also seems to get people pretty excited - either they come out of the movie hatingitsmain character so desperately that they can hardly see, or they consider it an "offbeat...art film." Ok, I lied - that's just our friend Roger Ebert. Ebert's not alone in liking it, but the positive descriptions vary wildly, from "surprisingly lightweight" (and yes, that really is from a good review) to "blunt, even brave."
Still in theaters:
- The Constant Gardener
- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
- A History of Violence
- Everything is Illuminated