Theater Watch: 2007-09-07

by Paul William Tenny

Labor Day is behind us, and it was a particularly good one for Hollywood as it set a new box office record (due in large party to Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween.) It doesn't feel like we're getting any closer to fall, but if you go by the studio's accounting books, we're already there. The summer box office has come and gone, setting a record $4 billion in booty. That won't set well with the Writers Guild since the studios have been claiming starvation at the talks, but that's another story.

So what's good to watch today or later this weekend? You're best bet is 3:10 to Yuma, a flick from Lionsgate with Russel Crowe and Christian Bale that I've heard is actually a fairly entertaining movie. Not precisely a barn burner and with names like Crowe and Bale, probably not a cheap production either. But with only one other wise release this weekend, it's not like there's much of a choice.

That other flick from New Line would be Shoot 'Em Up, which might be good if you're a John Woo fan of physical choreography taken to a fine art -- and no plot -- otherwise you might want to wait for this corn to come out on DVD. Other small releases include The Bubble from Strand, Fierce People from After Dark Films, Hatchet by Anchor Bay Entertainment, The Hunting Party via MGM/TWC, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With from IFC on Wednesday, and In the Shadow of the Moon by ThinkFilm in a massive four theaters.

The current list can always be had from Box Office Mojo, which you should hit up if you've got the chance. Enjoy your weekend!


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