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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,’ ‘The Brothers Bloom,’ ‘Little Ashes,’ ‘Management,’ ‘Paris 36’

I’ve already had readers from Australia and the U.K. email me to ask when I’m going to review X-Men Origins: Wolverine (opens on April 29 in the U.K. and on May 1 in the U.S.) already?! Well, I won’t see the film till a few hours from now, and then I’m not supposed to post my review till Friday. But by the time I’ve seen the film later today, it will already have opened Down Under (and in France, where this lovely poster is from, and in a ton of other localities around the world)… and it’s already got reviews. I wonder how much longer this restriction on reviews in general — not just for this movie — can endure in a global market? In reality, with midnight shows happening in the U.S. on Thursday night, the review embargo will collapse. Oh, and whether it sucks or not, I’ve already got a ticket to see the movie again with my geek gang on Saturday night. Woo-hoo!

I’ve already taken the opportunity to express my disdain for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on May 1). So I’ll just say now that I plan to close my eyes and hope it’s all over quickly.

I was psyched for The Brothers Bloom way back in December, when it was first scheduled to open. Actually, the film was originally planned for release last October, then got pushed to December. Now it looks like it’s finally going to get released in the U.S.: limited on May 15 and then wide on May 29. (No U.K. release date has been announced.) Let’s hope the multiple delays aren’t a sign of a stinker.

Little Ashes (opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on May 8) is Robert Pattinson’s big chance to break out of the Harry Potter/Twilight tween ghetto: he plays Spanish artist Salvador Dali in what looks like a romantic gay love story. That should shake up some little girls.

I don’t know much about Management (opens in the U.S. on May 15, and in the U.K. on may 29), except that it stars Steve Zahn, and I’ll watch him in pretty much anything.

Technically it’s not a screening of Paris 36 I’ll attend this week, for the film is already playing here in NYC (and has come and gone already from British cinemas) — I’ll just buy a ticket and check it out. The film continues to expand across the U.S., and my review has been requested by a newspaper in one of the locales where it’ll be opening soon. So you’ll all get to share that.

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