1. Wrath Of The Titans (Warner Brothers, More Than 3,500 Theaters, 99 Minutes, Rated PG-13): Well, here’s something you don’t see everyday–a sequel to a remake. 2010’s Clash of the Titans was one of the first films where international grosses played a part in making it a hit. It made a paltry $163 million domestically versus a $125 million budget, but its $330 million take overseas is what help bring this sequel around.
Sam Worthington is back as Perseus, who is back in the Titan fighting business when Hades and Ares conspire with the Titans to capture Zeus in order to wrestle power from him. Perseus is tasked with trying to free Zeus and save the world.
Jonathan Liebesman replaces Louis Leterrier as director, but many of international cast that compose the main players, including Liam Neeson and Ralph Finnes, return. This should mean that the film will have as good a run overseas as the first one did. FYI, Liebesman will be directing that controversial Ninja Turtles film, so if you TMNT fans want to start your boycotts early, start them here.
2. Mirror Mirror (Relativity, @3,200 Theaters, 106 Minutes, Rated PG): In case you haven’t been reading FilmBuffOnline as much as you should, there will be two Snow White themed films being released this year. Both feature twists on the fairy tale where Snow White a more active role in opposing the evil queen and both feature an Academy Award-winning actresses playing the queen.
This film hits first and features America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts playing said queen and Lily Collins playing Snow. Snow White and the Huntsman open June 1st and features Kristen Stewart playing Snow White and Charlize Theron as the Queen.
Which one should you see? Well, that depends on what kind of new take on Snow White suits your fancy. This one is the lighter of the two, and might skew closer to the Disney film in tone. Snow White and the Huntsman appears to be darker and more violent of the two. Something to consider if you are taking the kiddies with you.