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Friday Limited Release Forecast: July 8, 2011

1) The Ward – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 32%/Metacritic: 37

Legendary ‘Halloween’ director John Carpenter is back in the directors chair for the first time since ‘Ghosts of Mars’ in 2001.  Amber Heard takes the reigns as the leading lady after ‘Driving Angry’ with Nicholas Cage in her last film.  It’s never a good sign when the release date gets pushed back (January 2011). Also, I’ve always wondered why horror films generally reel in a failing grade. With ‘The ward’ Carpenter continues the trend.

For what it’s worth, the trailer didn’t scared me.

2) The Ledge: Rotten Tomatoes Tomatoemeter: 9%/Metacritic: 34

After directing and writing numerous independent films, and writing a couple of feature films (Runaway Jury: 73%), Matthew Chapman directs his first feature film in ‘The Ledge’.’  Chapman also has written a couple of non-fiction books.  His great grandfather, Charles Darwin, has influenced his non-fiction writings, and probably provided the lenses through which he sees fundamentalism in ‘The Ledge.’

Chapman garners a fairly impressive cast for his feature directorial debut, putting together a cast that includes Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Charlie Hunnam.

Despite the terrible reviews, Chapman pulls at the strings of faith & extremism, which instantly has me interested to see just how he views things of faith and this world.

3) Project Nim: Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 96%/Metacritic: 82

‘Project Nim’ tells the story of Nim, a chimpanzee that was used in a science project in the 70’s to determine whether or not a ‘chimp’ could learn human language if raised like a human child.  James Marsh brings a lot of clout to this documentary, after winning the Oscar for Best Documentary with “Man on Wire’ in 2009. I’m officially intrigued.

4) Iron Clad: Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 43%/Metacritic: 42

Brian Cox and Paul Giamatti star in Jonathan English’s biggest project to date.  Not only is this the first feature film that English has directed, but he also wrote and produced ‘Ironclad.’ Ironclad is a story of group of Knights Templar that protect Rochester Castle against a tyrannical King John in the 13th century.

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Friday Wide Release Forecast: July 8, 2011

1) Horrible Bosses (WR) – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 74% (Certified Fresh)/Metacritic: 57

It looks as if a very inexperienced director and a group of writers managed to tame a massive cast.  ‘Horrible Bosses’ is the 3rd feature film that Seth Gordon has directed, with one of them being a documentary (King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters). This is the trio of writers (Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, & Jonathan Goldstein) debut in screenwriting, previously making their living in acting. Gordon and his novice crew have managed to take a monster cast of Jason Batemen, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Collin Farrell and turn in a Certified Fresh comedy.

2) Zookeeper (WR) – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 15%/Metacritic: 30

I’m going to be honest.  No one should be shocked by this.  I’m not saying that Kevin James isn’t funny.  I’m not hating on The King of Queens.  I’m just blatantly saying that James’ career has been laughable in more ways than he would like.  James has only been in one passing movie (Hitch: 69%) that was a live-action film.  ‘Horrible Bosses’ is director Frank Coraci’s 5th feature film, and his average grade on Rotten Tomatoes is a 35%.  Writers David Scherick & David Ronn have never written a movie that has received a passing grade on the Tomatometer.