1. Tomorrowland (Disney, 3,972 Theaters, 130 Minutes, Rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language, Rotten Tomatoes: 50% Fresh [123 Reviews]): The trailers made this film seem like it would be an excellent, kid-friendly sci-fi adventure. It made you even forget that this is yet another attempt to turn a Disney parks attraction into a film franchise.
The one problem I had with the first trailers is figuring out how the scenes I saw would fit together in a full out film. It seems the film also had a problem with keeping the magic and wonder going. FilmBuffOnline head honcho Rich Drees has a review of the film so you can see what i mean.
I think a disappointing movie is worse than a completely awful movie. Squandered potential is a whole lot worse than no potential whatsoever.
2. Poltergeist (Fox, 3,200+ theaters, 93 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language, Rotten Tomatoes: 44% Fresh [43 Reviews]): Should we be remaking Poltergeist? And I don’t mean in the sense that every remake is somewhat pointless. I mean, the original was a classic and really didn’t need to be remade. But I’m speaking of another way.
The original is legendary for its being cursed. Five people in the franchise died too soon, including the two actresses that played the daughters (so, make sure your life insurance is paid up, Saxon Sharbino and Kennedi Clements). Whether or not you put much stock in that is up to you, but I would want to risk remaking a cursed film.
The trailer shows some of the classic moments from the original reworked for today’s audiences. I wonder if they are going to recreate the swimming pool scene and if they will use real corpses again this time.