Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic “Noah” is the weekend’s biggest and most anticipated release by a wide margin. Early reviews are mostly positive, calling out the film’s outstanding visuals and terrific performances. Given Aronofsky’s previous work, it’s probably safe to say that “Noah” will tell a much darker and much more personal version of the famous tale.
Also releasing nationwide is the latest Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick, “Sabotage.” It’s got a solid cast with names such as Terrence Howard, Sam Worthington, and Joe Manganiello, but even that isn’t likely to make the R-rated gore fest a major hit. With Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in theaters next week, “Sabotage” may be dead on arrival.
Following fairly extensive marketing an incredibly successful limited release, Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” goes nationwide, though in far fewer theaters than either “Noah” or “Sabotage.” Joining it in the under 1000 theater count league are Jason Bateman’s far less successful “Bad Words” and newcomer “Cesar Chavez.”