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In Theaters Now: Watchmen, The Horsemen, Tokyo!

In Theaters Now: Watchmen, The Horsemen, Tokyo!

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Watchmen
directed by Zack Snyder

For those of us who have not yet grown tired of big-budget, action-packed comic book adaptation movies comes Watchmen, director Zack Snyder‘s follow up to his 2006 box office hit, 300. The film tells the story of a group of former superheroes in an alternate 1985 who reunite… You know what? If you don’t know the story by now, you must not be interested. There have already been numerous controversies surrounding the movie, including a heated copyright battle between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox and some scathing comments regarding comic book films from Alan Moore, the creator of the Watchmen comic. Although Moore expressed very clearly that he is not looking forward to the movie, its many fans disagree. The movie has already broken all records for most playdates (3,611) for an R-rated film.

Tokyo!
directed by Joon-ho Bong, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry

This unique, three-part movie, each part separately written and directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host), Leos Carax (The Lovers on the Bridge) and Oscar-winner Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), looks interesting, but interesting doesn’t necessarily mean box office gold. Each of the three stories are very different and unrelated, but all have one thing in common: Tokyo! One story tells of a young couple who have relationship problems after moving to Tokyo, the next is about a Tokyo sewer-dweller named Merde (a French term meaning “shit”) who terrorizes innocent locals and the last focuses on a shut-in who falls madly in love with a pizza delivery woman but must overcome his fear of the outside world to be with her. The trailer is pretty unrevealing and the early reviews are somewhat mixed, but if you are looking for something completely… well… different, try visiting Tokyo!

The Horsemen
directed by Jonas Åkerlund

The Horsemen, starring Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang, is the “thrilling” tale of a detective who has recently lost his wife and begins to see horrifying links between himself and suspected serial killers who are committing brutal murders based on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This is successful music video director Åkerlund’s second feature after 2002’s seizure-inducing indie Spun. The Horsemen boasts a quality cast and an interesting storyline, and if it can stay away from the typical predictability, repetition and extreme gore that is the modern horror flick, it has the potential to be very entertaining, or maybe even thrilling.

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