The first thing I noticed on this week's list of movies playing in less than 400 theaters is that a few of our newest additions, moving on out from bigger openings, did not screen for the press before they opened to the public.

Not showing bad films to the press is not a new practice. Usually there are four or five such films in a year. Once the studios realize that they're stuck with a lemon, they place all their bets on opening weekend; if they can get enough uninformed suckers to shell out before the lousy word of mouth spreads, then bankrollers can sometimes make their money back.