In addition to “This Christmas,” filmgoers will have a tasty variety of genres of movies opening this holiday weekend. So if you tire of shopping and watching sporting events, here are some other options at the movies this week.
Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) is a platinum-standard assassin, who is set-up to take the fall from some corrupt government. He is joined by the “property” of a Russian politician, Nika (Olga Kurylenko) as he kicks some Soviet butt. I never understood why superspys and assassins are always betrayed by shadowy government officials (“Bourne Ultimatum,” “Shooter” and “Rambo”) who then come back and take out EVERYBODY! Fans of the videogame may enjoy the carnage, but there’s not a lot here minus the high and bloody body count.
Stephen King’s The Mist
When a violent storm hits a small New England town bringing with a strange mist, most of the town’s folk are trapped in a supermarket as they’re picked off one by one by some strange creatures. With only one major Black character, Andre Braugher, in the cast one could assume that it will not end well for him this serviceable “Twilight Zone”-lite film. If you like horror, you’re welcome to venture into “The Mist.”
A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess (Amy Adams) from the past who is thrust into present-day by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon). Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer (Patrick Dempsey). Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world? Didn’t have an opportunity to screen this film for review.