Now Sony Pictures has informed critics it will not be screening the film in advance for opening-day reviews. And you know what that means.
Thursday Feb. 1
When the Levees Broke (2006) Acts III and IV: Extraordinary on a number of levels, including its ability to incorporate a voluminous amount of journalistic information without losing the feel of a personal, intimate work. Ranks amongst director Spike Lee's best films.
Friday Feb. 2
Sheitan (2006): Another entry in the rapidly growing genre of French horror films that favor lunatic situations and atmosphere over logic and narrative. At times exceedingly unpleasant in a clumsy, obvious way, and it seems to exist primarily as an excuse for some serious overacting by Vincent Cassel. But I couldn't bring myself to hit the eject button on my DVD player until it was over, which says something. I guess.
Monday Feb. 5
Hannibal Rising (2007): In which we learn what made Hannibal Lecter turn out the way he did. Some things are best left unexplained.