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Where the Wild Things Are: Weekend Must-See

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 17, 2009 at 2:03AM

Weekend Must-See:Where the Wild Things Are Tomatometer 69% Metascore 71
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Weekend Must-See:
Where the Wild Things Are Tomatometer 69% Metascore 71

Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic is one of those films that you have to check out for yourself--and read the reviews later. The first half-hour of the movie takes us inside the lonely agitated head of rebellious Max (Max Records) as he covets his family's attention. His travel to a faraway island is magical, and at first the well-designed giant-scale animals and their world is captivating. But things soon get talky and dull.

Many folks are recommending Jonze's 40-minute Sendak doc on HBO.

Best-Reviewed New Weekend Movies:
The Maid Tomatometer 100% Metascore 83

Black Dynamite Tomatometer 84 % Metascore 66

Both movies were hits at Sundance and Seattle, where Black Dynamite, an homage to blaxploitation flicks, won the audience prize. At the Dynamite website you can "Black Dynamite yo'self" and listen to the "talkin' jive soundboard."

Not Must-See:
Law Abiding Citizen
Tomatometer 20% Metascore 32
R-rating could hurt this vigilante thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler that seems to leave people behind in the last twenty minutes. But the action-packed trailer should lure males.

UPDATE: Here are the Friday estimates, showing a strong WTWTA opening, with Law Abiding Citizen in second place. Let's see what happens with the Friday to Saturday WOM buzz on these movies. Paranormal Activity comes in third on just 760 screens.

All four trailers are on the jump.

Here's the WTWTA trailer:

The Maid trailer:

The Black Dynamite trailer:

And the Law Abiding Citizen trailer:

This article is related to: Box Office, Reviews, Weekend Preview, Fall

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.