Movies In Theaters on April 21, 2011
Some weeks are better than others, kids. The studios are dropping bombs left and right this weekend, so we’re going to skip the one of the bigger releases (sorry Tyler Perry fans) and head for one star-driven romance and two indies that actually sound like they are worth your time. Here we go.
Vampire America, Elephant Romance, and Supersized Marketing Ploys
First up this week we’ve got the post apocalyptic vampire film, Stake Land. America is lost when a vampire epidemic strikes. Survivors are forced to join together in small groups and head for rural areas. One young man (Connor Paolo) bands together with a grizzled hunter (Nick Damici), known only as Mister, to take down as many of the undead as possible while searching for a safe haven to call home. Soon joined by a nun suffering from a crisis of faith (Kelly McGillis), not only are they in danger from the fanged creatures, but a fundamentalist sect known as The Brethren who believe the plague to be the Lord’s work.
Next we have Water For Elephants. Based on the best selling novel by Sara Gruen, it’s a sweeping romance set against the backdrop of the Big Top. Vet school student Jacob (Robert Pattinson) meets and falls in love with Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), a star performer in the circus. The beautiful lovers find passion, overcome issues (she’s married), and both fall for the same elephant. Your mom will just love it.
Morgan Spurlock, the man who brought you Supersize Me, is back with perhaps the greatest concept for a documentary this year. In POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Story Ever Sold, Spurlock investigates the world of product placement in movies, by fully financing the documentary via marketing and advertising within the film. Just look at the title! Spurlock decided to find out just how much he could get for selling himself out to the highest bidder, and from all reports I have read, he had no problems finding takers. If you have a chance, this is the one to watch this weekend.