Rio (Fox, 3,826 Theaters, 96 Minutes, Rated PG): So, just so everyone knows, this film doesn’t come from Pixar or Dreamworks, okay? It comes from Fox. So, if you go to see it and it sucks, don’t blame Dreamworks or Pixar.
I’m not saying it will suck, but it seems like a case of some executive saying “I know what works in animated films work. You get a bunch of wacky animals (in this case, birds), you cast A-list actors as the voices, the more Oscar nominees/winners the better (Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx), make the plot wild and wacky but conventional (domesticated house macaw has to live life in the wild with a free-spirit female macaw he is supposed to mate with) and BANG! instant comedy gold!”
Yeah, that kind of assembly line craftsmanship seldom works in film, especially in animated features.
Scream 4 (Weinstein / Dimension, 3,305 Theaters, 111 Minutes, Rated R): When the first Scream broke onto the scene, it was something no one had ever seen before—a metacommentary on the Horror genre, done by one of the masters of that genre, Wes Craven. It was like the Beastie Boys doing a rap song deconstructing the rap genre.
Then came Scream 2, and the concept got a little bit closer to becoming what it quasi-mocked. Then Scream 3 came and all bets were off, and it seemed like it became your typical cash grab horror franchise. And then, for 11 years, there was nothing.
Now, the franchise is back again, and raising in me the same sort of excitement I get every time I have to pay my taxes. I mean, it’s not like thr principals were really doing anything. I mean, Courtney Cox has Cougartown, but what has anybody else got? Why not come back to the moldy old well one more time?
Good luck not getting killed by a pair of CGI birds.