Published Apr 15, 2011With every Friday comes a new batch of theatrical releases competing for your disposable income. And this week is no exception, offering a children's movie, horror, quirky indie drama and two documentaries for audiences to choose from. But before making a blind decision about what to see, you might want to check out our reviews of the latest releases in the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.
First up, the franchise that single-handedly rejuvenated the stagnant horror genre 15 years ago is back with Scream 4 (pictured), which posits itself as an ersatz remake of the original. The question is: can anything fresh come from the self-conscious, referential peppiness of the Scream lexicon now that the format is a tired cliché? Read our review to find out.
If documentaries are more your thing, you might want to look into the new Foo Fighters examination, Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, which looks at the band's career trajectory and attempts to answer the question, "How the fuck did this fucking band get so fucking big?" However, since this only got a one-night theatrical screening, you will have to settle for it on the small screen.
Nevertheless, it's a decidedly less pious documentary than Good Food, Bad Food, which points out the evils of pesticides and multinational corporations while using scare tactics to get people to hop on the organic hippie bandwagon.
For something a little more light-hearted, we also have a review of colourful children's film Rio, wherein two very different blue macaws -- voiced by Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg -- are thrust together in an act of forced mating, only to wind up on the run from Brazilian bird smugglers.
On the idiosyncratic indie film side of things, the ethereal Daydream Nation hits theatres, featuring Kat Dennings as a displaced urban teen thrust into small town life.
Read these theatrical film reviews and more over in the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.