It’s a 2 on 2 battle royale this week as the two oscar nominees Frost/Nixon and Revolutinary Road come out in wider release vs Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and yet another Brendan Fraser adventure with Inkheart.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen (who’s also in Frost/Nixon?!)
Directed by: Patrick Tatopoulos
Plot: In a prequel to the other two Underworld movies, vampires rule over werewolves but start a revolution under the leadership of Lucian. Unfortunately Lucian is also in love with vampire Sonja, the daughter of head vampire Viktor.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 60%
Daily Mirror: “The film wrings the last drops from the franchise, with that Romeo and Juliet – or that should that be Romero and Juliet? – plot twist making for a flick likely to delight horror fans.”
Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen
Directed by: Ron Howard
Plot: Three years after resigning the presidency, Richard Nixon agrees to do an interview with British TV personality David Frost discussing Watergate and the other troubles that befell him.
RT Freshness: 91%
Critic Consensus: “Frost/Nixon is weighty and eloquent; a cross between a boxing match and a ballet with Oscar worthy performances.”
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Plot: Frank and April start out with a storybook marriage but the pressures build and begin to slowly destroy it.
RT Freshness: 67%
Critic Consensus: “Brilliantly acted and emotionally powerful, Revolutionary Road is a handsome adaptation of Richard Yates’ celebrated novel.”
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent
Directed by: Iain Softley
Plot: Anything that Brendan Fraser reads in a magical book causes it to appear in real life.
RT Freshness: 36%
Critic Consensus: “Heavy on cliches and light on charm, this kid-lit fantasy-adventure doesn’t quite get off the ground.”