Pickings are a little slim in the new release department this weekend, evidently because everyone saw X-Men: The Last Stand coming and, quite wisely, headed for the hills. (Among those brave enough to challenge Wolverine and friends, incidentally, is Al Gore, whose An Inconvenient Truth opens on four -- Count 'em, four! -- screens today. Given the press assault the movie's makers have launched over the past two weeks, you'd have thought it was debuting in every multiplex on earth.)
- X-Men: The Last Stand: Give how much in agreement critics are about the movie's strengths and weaknesses (most of which Kim pointed out this morning), you'd think they would have been just as obvious to the studio and that they might have, you know, fixed some of the latter. But, sadly no. Because, as we all know, the movie will make buckets of money whether it has too many characters or not. And people will buy tickets no matter how irritating it is that the movie consistently neglects its interesting theme of outsidership for Giant!Action!Sequences!. Some critics (like the ever-charitable Roger Ebert) can overlook the nonsense and still enjoy the movie for the big, fluffy summer picture it is, while others (like Ryan, and my man Mick LaSalle) have had it up to here with the retreaded plot and its underdeveloped characters.
The Last Stand follows the pattern of the other X-Men films. There are a few terse conversations, followed by explosions, followed by Halle Berry causing a storm, followed by Hugh Jackman sprouting blades from his knuckles, followed by Famke Janssen killing people by thinking about it, etc. In between, we see Patrick Stewart looking worried.