He … is … Beowulf! Or at least he’ll be Beowulf this weekend at the box office. The CGI/A-list movie will be hitting theaters over the weekend with plenty of sound and fury and heavy advertisements behind it, practically guaranteeing it the top spot. Then again, it better watch out for the Natalie Portman starrer “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”, which has the makings of a surprise sleeper hit. It’s also the only movie opening this weekend that parents will be willing to take their kids to see. And oh yeah, for those of you still waiting for Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales” — good luck finding it. Here, then, is your weekend movie preview.
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. In fact, it’s a magic toy store and everything in it comes to life–including the store itself. The emporium asks only one thing of its customers–you must believe it to see it.
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman, Zachary Mills, Ted Ludzik
Directed by: Zach Helm
Beowulf: In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast’s ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonates throughout the ages, immortalizing the name of Beowulf.
Starring: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Love in the Time of Cholera: In the complex, magical and sensual city of Cartagena, Colombia, a man waits over fifty years for his one true love. Florentino Ariza, a poet and telegraph clerk, discovers his life’s passion when he sees Fermina Daza through the window of her father’s villa. Through a series of passionate letters, Florentino gradually awakens the young beauty’s heart, but her father is furious when he learns of the affair, and vows to keep them apart forever. As the years go by, Fermina marries the sophisticated aristocrat Dr. Juvenal Urbino, who has brought order and medicine to Cartage, stemming the waves of cholera that mysteriously besiege the city. He sweeps her away to Paris for years, and when they start their lives together back in Cartagena, she has all but forgotten her first love. But Florentino has not forgotten her. Now a wealthy ship-owner, Florentino engages in a series of affairs but still yearns for Fermina. His heart is patient, and he will wait a lifetime for the chance to be with her again.
Starring: Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Catalina Sandino Moreno, John Leguizamo
Directed by: Mike Newell
And opening in selected theaters:
Margot at the Wedding
Nicole Kidman is a razor-tongued writer who wreaks chaos when she and her son crash her estranged sister’s wedding.
A montage of stories about U.S. soldiers fighting in the Iraq conflict, focusing on the modern forms of media covering the war.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars as an amnesiac actor caught up in a crazy chain of events that could lead to the end of the world.