Published Apr 08, 2011This week's batch of theatrical releases covers the gamut of cinematic options, featuring a stoner comedy, action thriller, true story of overcoming obstacles, foreign art movie and even a little subversive queer cinema. If you aren't sure what demographic you fit into, check out our reviews in the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section to see what title floats your boat.
First up, Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green is back with Your Highness (pictured), which essentially explains itself with its thinly veiled pot reference of a title, and has the likes of James Franco and Zooey Deschanel in period garb. It's probably a hell of a lot funnier than the other mainstream comedy opening this weekend, Arthur, which features Russell Brand being Russell Brand in an unnecessary remake of the Dudley Moore film.
On the periphery of the comedy world is the horror satire Rubber, wherein a killer tire relentlessly stalks Roxane Mesquida, who, incidentally, is featured in the latest surrealist Gregg Araki mind-fuck, Kaboom, which also opens this week and received the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence from our reviewer.
Also receiving the Mark of Excellence this week is propulsive chase thriller Hanna, where Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett hunt each other down through Europe with guns, arrows and a wide array of dental equipment. It's the sort of film that demands to be seen on the big screen, much like the 3D animal documentary Born to be Wild.
For something a little more cerebral, we also have a review of the Oscar winner for best foreign film, In a Better World, which lays out the pros and cons of Christian vengeance and passivity as modes of coping with conflict.
And lastly, on the melodrama front, Soul Surfer, the true story of one-armed surfer girl Bethany Hamilton, hits theatres, as does the Canadian suicide drama The Bend.
Read these theatrical film reviews and more over at the Exclaim.ca Recently Reviewed section.