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Where the Wild Things Are: Weekend Must-See

by Anne Thompson
October 17, 2009 2:03 AM
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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:

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More: Box Office, Reviews, Weekend Preview, Fall


  • LA NANA | October 17, 2009 10:27 AMReply

    THE MAID is the best reviewed movie opening this weekend. 100% on Rotten Toms and 83 on Metacritic.
    It opened in New York yesterday (October 23 in Los Angeles).

  • Huh? | October 17, 2009 9:40 AMReply

    Please explain how you list BD but you don't list THE MAID which is 100% FRESH on RT and also opening this week? Looks like a little favoritism.

  • ag | October 17, 2009 8:59 AMReply

    i'm thinking lac will do better than predicted. something makes me think people will be drawn to it despite that we already know it makes little sense. i'm guessing a lot of people will want to see a guy wreak havoc from inside a jail cell and the reviews won't matter. $22+ or more

    also think pa will do better than most predictions. if pa showings are packed and lac does well wild things might not be first. i wouldn't be shocked

  • bill | October 17, 2009 5:37 AMReply

    Have you heard what the CinemaScore was on any of these?

  • Don Murphy | October 17, 2009 5:25 AMReply

    I'm gonna have to stop reading if you keep basing things on bullshit critic aggregators

  • Anne Thompson | October 17, 2009 4:41 AMReply

    I thought it was closer than that. You're probably right.

  • Jordan Raup | October 17, 2009 3:55 AMReply

    I saw the terrible POS known as Law Abiding Citizen this week. You really think it's going to win the weekend? It's playing in almost 1,000 less theaters than WTWTA, which is also in IMAX. Last I heard WTWA was tracking 25 to 35 mil while LAC was low teens. I don't see LAC winning the BO.

  • jl | October 17, 2009 2:43 AMReply

    Saw this at a preview screening. Black Dynamite was a very solid comedy - some classic moments. Not as long-lasting as others and not as many memorable one-liners, but very good. Much better than that other “dynamite” film. Unfortunately, will be limited by the R rating but I’m sure will do fine on DVD.

  • Sergio | October 17, 2009 1:20 AMReply

    I was damn near raised on blaxplotatation films and god how I LOVE Black Dynamite. A really, really funny movie but made by people who really understand and love the genre.

    Law Abiding Citizen I actually liked only because it's a truly nutty movie

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