This Week’s Theatrical Releases.

Big week this week. Thanksgiving activities took me away from doing one of these last week, so, as punishment, I only have one new release this week. Let’s get to it.

1. Awake (2,002 Theaters, Rated R): They pretty much creeped me out by real-life premise of being awake during a surgery. Having surgery is scary enough, imagine being able to hear what they are doing to you? What if you hear them say “oops”? Man, that would suck.

Hayden Christensen doesn’t hear that. He hears the doctors planning to kill him, which I guess would be far worse.

So, it appears the movie is a murder mystery, presumably without the murder. I mean, they make such a point of Christensen’s character being able to hear the plotters that if would be fairly anti-climatic if they actually succeed.

This film is interesting in the sense that it features a comic book/sci-fi fan’s dream cast, what, with Sue Storm, Anakin Skywalker and James “Rhodey” Rhodes in it. Eventually, there will be movies where the entire cast starred in a comic book or Star Wars movie.

Now, the predictions. Two weeks ago, this is what I thought the top five would be:

  1. Beowulf
  2. Bee Movie
  3. Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  4. American Gangster
  5. Fred Claus

And this is how it was:

  1. Beowulf
  2. Bee Movie
  3. American Gangster
  4. Fred Claus
  5. Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

This makes me 35 out of 75 over 15 weeks, with an average of 46%. This is how I think this week will work out:

  1. Awake
  2. Enchanted
  3. Beowulf
  4. This Christmas
  5. Bee Movie

What do you think?

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William is cursed with the shared love of comic books and of films. Luckily, this is a great time for him to be alive. His writing has been featured on Broken Frontier.com, PopMatters.com and in Comics Foundry magazine.

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Surprisingly, Ebert gave this a 3 star review (http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071130/REVIEWS/71130001) while over on Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating in the low teens.

Personally, it sounds like a riff on DIAL M FOR MURDER.