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“Pompeii” explodes into theaters this weekend

Kit Harington stars in the new film Pompeii,opening this weekend
Kit Harington stars in the new film Pompeii,opening this weekend
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It’s a bit of a slow weekend, unless you like sword-and-sandal-love-story-disaster-films in 3D. That is one very narrow niche, but if that’s the kind of person who likes that sort of thing, this is your weekend. The other movie that opens this weekend has Kevin Costner as an assassin who also has issues with his daughter. If that’s your kind of thing, then this is your weekend to see movies.

However, judging from what the critics have said, this may be a weekend to stay home and catch a 2013 movie on DVD, binge watch a show on Netflix or perhaps go see something like The Lego Movie - still the best reviewed movie of 2014, so far.

Here are the movies opening Friday 21, 2014:

Pompeii - Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland. If you know what happened to the real Pompeii, well, you already know that this movie is not going to end well. It’s a love story set in the doomed city that sat below Mt. Vesuvius. A politician’s daughter falls in love with a slave turned gladiator, but a Roman senator is in love with her. So, while the mountain is threatening to explode you have a love story. Will these two love-struck people somehow battle all of Rome and an exploding mountain? Does anyone care? Critics have been harsh on this one, but some are saying that this one is so bad, it’s almost good. If you are looking for a new guilty pleasure starring one of the people from Game of Thrones, this one may be for you. Rated PG-13

3 Days to Kill - Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld. Costner plays a Secret Service Agent who finds out he’s dying. While he is attempting to reconnect with his young daughter, he is offered a possible cure for what is killing him if he takes one last assignment. He then finds himself struggling to survive in a mission of international intrigue while connecting with his daughter and then suffering the hallucinatory effects of the drug that may cure him. It attempts to mix comedy and action with political intrigue. This one critics are saying to avoid at all costs. Rated PG-13.