Weekend Warrior: Here come the Fuzz!

You work hard all week, so you don’t want to sit around and read long, drawn out prose and diatribe about every single film that is releasing for the weekend. For the longest time, you have yearned for someone who is willing to just get to the point, someone willing to tell you what is worth it and what is not. I am here to be that person for you, the faithful readers of FSR. As the Weekend Warrior, I will give you the low-down on all of the major releases every Friday so that you can quickly and easily make decisions on how you will spend your weekend. I will also provide a “Risk Assessment” for each film, showing how risky it would be to spend your hard earned money to see it on theaters.

Let’s get down to it. Here is your line-up for April 20, 2007:

Hot Fuzz
[R, 121 minutes, View Trailer]
Here come the Fuzz in the pick of the week. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) team back up with Director Edgar Wright in a buddy cop parody like no other. In my review, I called it the most intelligent comedy that you will see all year, and that’s no lie people! Pegg and Frost are a dynamite duo and Wright’s subtle British humor is flavored just right for American audiences. Even in limited release, this film should do well.

Risk Factor: Very Little Risk. This is the prime choice of the week.

Fracture
[R, 112 minutes, View Trailer]
Sir Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling play a game of chess in a stale thriller from Director Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear). This one shows off a few things: the fact that Anthony Hopkins is spectacular when he plays a creepy lunatic who likes to play games with others; and the fact that Gregory Hoblit can only make thrillers that are cut from the same mold, a la this one and Primal Fear. Unfortunately as he makes more and more of the same crap, it isn’t getting any better. And that is no good for you and I. (Full Review)

Risk Factor: Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This one is as slow and mismanaged as my sex life, and that is no good.

Vacancy
[R, 85 minutes, View Trailer]
Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale star in yet another hotel room thriller, a sub-genre that is almost ready to seperate itself from all other thrillers. It was at one time my firm belief that Kate Beckinsale was reason enough to see any film, until Click came along and squashed my will to live. This one may not be any different, seeing as it was not screened for critics. I have high hopes for Mr. Wilson and Ms. Beckinsale (my future baby’s momma), but this one could go either way.

Risk Factor: This is a toss up, but the fact that it was not screened for press-types like myself is not a good sign.

In the Land of Women
[PG-13, 97 minutes, View Trailer]
I am one of the few people on the planet who can tolerate Adam Brody at any length, a fact which does not speak well for this film. Add in the very hot Kristin Stewart and a well-aged (and medically enhanced) Meg Ryan and I am still interested — but that is not to say that you should be, too. Initial reports from others is that this one is pretty rough. So while I am sticking to my gut instinct and still going to see this one, I would not play such games with your money, fair readers. If you don’t see the trailer and go, “I really want to see that,” don’t.

Risk Factor: As much as I want it to be, this one is not a good film upon which to try your luck.

Financial Outlook
All of the good releases this week are small ones, so the box office rankings should change very minimally. Many people will be holding off until Spider-Man 3, so look for figures to drop across the board. When it is all said and done, the Top 10 should look something like this on Monday:

  1. Disturbia – $18 million
  2. Vacancy – $13 million
  3. Blades of Glory – $11 million
  4. Meet the Robinsons – $10 million
  5. Hot Fuzz – $8 million
  6. Fracture – $7 million
  7. Perfect Stranger – $5 million
  8. Are We Done Yet? – $5 million
  9. In the Land of Women – $4 million
  10. Wild Hogs – $4 million

Think I am wrong? Well, I’m not. But if you’d still like to speak your peace, please do so in the comment area below!

Have a Great Weekend!

Tags: Box Office, Predictions, Hot Fuzz, Fracture, Vacancy, In the Land of Women, Weekend Warrior

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