1. Obsessed (Sony / Screen Gems, 2,514 Theaters, 105 Minutes, Rated PG-13): You have got to hand it to Beyonce, she keep trying. Obviously, someone in Hollywood thinks she has the potential to be a star. So they shove her into comedies like Austin Powers: Goldmember and Pink Panther 2 or big Oscar-Grabbing Musical epics like Cadillac Records or Dreamgirls. Yet, film stardom seems to escape her. Now, they are trying her in an erotic thriller (Although, is a PG-13 erotic thriller really an erotic thriller?).
Beyonce plays the Anne Archer role in this film, but replace the typical “Oh God, why is this happening to me?” with “Hell no, this is not going to happen to me.
Could an archaic film genre be the film that breaks Beyonce’s film career wide open? I don’t think so, but who knows.
2. Fighting (Rogue Pictures, 2,310 Theaters, 105 Minutes, Rated PG-13): This might be just me, but does this movie seem to be the most depressing movie of all time?
I’m only going by the ads, but this is what it seems like, a down on his luck man finds the only way he can make a living is to fight on an underground fight circuit. If he doesn’t win, he doesn’t get paid. And the rest of the movie is him getting his head handed to him.
I don’t know how accurate that is, but if it’s correct, this film could be Rocky for nihilists. Who wants to spend and hour and a half watching a mopey looking guy getting his butt kicked with no way of things getting any better? Not me.
3. The Soloist (Paramount /DreamWorks, 2,024 Theaters, 109 Minutes, Rated PG-13): Several months ago, this film was all set to be released and Oscar buzz was high. Now, it’s sequeaking out as the in the least amount of theaters of the weekend at a time of year Oscar voters often forget. What happened?
Well, I don’t know for sure, but probably a test screening that the audience hated and a bunch of rewrites and re-edits. Which would be strange because this is supposed to be based on a true story.
All this raises concern, and the fact that its being released during an Oscar dead zone isn’t the only reason why it might not get any Oscar nominations.