Here are four thumbnails sketches for theatrical releases this May, coming to a theater in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the entire metro area. None of these will give “The Avengers” a serious run for the kind of money that film took in last weekend but they could be entertaining nonetheless. Naturally, the more jaded critics will pan these just to be controversial (i.e.-annoying as heck). Fun, like beauty, is in the eye of the one buying the ticket.
“DARK SHADOWS” opens Friday, May 11, 2012
Johnny Depp is again working with Tim Burton who always gets the best out of Depp. Burton has created an off-beat take on the ’60’s television soap opera with Depp as the lead character of Barnabas Collins. The television show was a very tongue-in-cheek attempt to be serious drama. Burton’s version will offer less drama and more ‘dark’ comedy-a-la-Burton/Depp. Depp isn’t likely to be as over-the-top as his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow but it won’t matter. He’s always good. Joining him in the cast are Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Jackie Earle Haley. Haley was Freddy in the remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.
“BATTLESHIP” opens Friday, May 18, 2012
Peter Berg (“Very Bad Things”, “Friday Night Lights”, “Hancock”) has found a way to create an exciting, ultra-cheesyfilm out of the world’s dullest board game. Liam Neeson continues to be fearless by selecting roles well within his scope but slightly out of his norm. He even made “Star Wars Episode I” watchable-sorta. Rhianna took time off her busy schedule of entering bad relationships and whining about it to be in this film. Lots of action, lots of aliens. It’s “Transformers” meets “2012”. Strictly a popcorn movie.
“MEN IN BLACK 3” IN 3D opens Friday, May 25, 2012
Director Barry Sonnenfield returns to the franchise with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith reprising their roles. They are joined by Josh Brolin who was magnificent in “True Grit”. This is a tale of time travel, 1969 and the U.S. space program(?). Perhaps there will be an exposure of a hoax. Or not. Either way, Emma Thompson and Alice Eve are along for the ride.
“CHERNOBYL DIARIES” opens May 25, 2012
This film was produced and written by Oren Peli, creator of “Abnormal Activity”. Thankfully, this one is not being passed off as reality. It is, however, very formulaic. A group of friends, vacationing in Europe, wind up stranded in the abandoned Ukrainian city…and discover that they are not alone. Ooo. Spine-tingling. Bring on the zombies and have done with it. This film does mark the directorial debut of Brad Parker, a former visual effects master and second unit director. This should be a hit among horror fans but the Academy is not prepping an Oscar for this one.