Thursday, May 13, 2010

What's Playing: May 14th

Opening this weekend...

Robin Hood (Universal Pictures)

Sherwood Forest just got a little grittier. Don’t expect any merry men in tights or Bryan Adams power ballads now that Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe have arrived in Nottingham. Robin Hood gets the Gladiator treatment and is retold as the story of an expert archer (Crowe) toward the end of the 12th century who assembles a gang of mercenaries to rise up against a tyrannical sheriff (Matthew Macfadyen) and the ruling class.

Just Wright (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Although the posters make it look confusingly like Love and Basketball 2, this film, starring Queen Latifah and Common, is a sub-par rom-com about a physical therapist (Latifah) who can’t find a good man until she falls for the basketball player (Common) she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury. Problem is, he’s already dating her knockout best friend (Paula Patton). Actually, the real problem is, this movie is a tremendous waste of time and talent.

Letters to Juliet (Summit Entertainment)

Even Amanda Seyfried and her impossibly perfect golden mane, pillowy lips and Keane painting doe eyes can't save this tale of a New York City fact-checker on vacation in Verona, the setting of Romeo and Juliet, who finds a letter written to the fictional lover and sets off on a Tuscan adventure to search out true love. Critics are calling it "insufferable,""flat," and "like a Taylor Swift pop hit." Ouch.

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