It's not a very strong weekend for movies in Little Rock. "Death Sentence" starring Kevin Bacon and John Goodman opens. It registers a whopping 13% Cream of the Crop rating at rottentomatoes.com. Desson Thompson of The Washington Post writes, "In "Death Sentence," Kevin Bacon may not be the baddest dad who ever cocked a shotgun to defend his family, but he's the most insanely resolute -- and the least understandable." Lou Lumenick of The New York Post describes the film as "a very belated and very silly follow-up to "Death Wish.""
"Balls of Fury," which looks absolutely stupid is also here. Kevin Crust of The Los Angeles Times notes, "Goodness, gracious, there's no greatness in "Balls of Fury," a lifeless pingpong comedy that ricochets from one flat gag to the next. The only novelty it can boast of is that it's a sports spoof without Will Ferrell." The movie's rocking a strong 37% on Metacritic. As my friend Matt O. would say, F@*% this movie.
Rob Zombie thought it was a good idea to remake "Halloween." Why? This movie is so sorry no one bothered to review it.
"My Best Friend," which opens at Market Street Cinema is probably worth a look. Robert Koehler of Variety thinks so. "Patrice Leconte is in a light but thoughtful mood in "My Best Friend," a buddy movie that actually ponders the nature of what it is to be a buddy."
"Artic Tale," from the folks that brought you the delightful "March of the Penguins" also screens at Matt Smith's west Little Rock gem of a theater. Ella Taylor of Village Voice writes, "A smarmy score, some orgiastic farting from a herd of walruses, and a modicum of cutesy anthropomorphism from narrator Queen Latifah prove a small price to pay for this stunningly photographed narrative documentary about a year in the endangered life of Arctic ice floe."