New in Theaters: 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' '21 and Over,' 'The Last Exorcism Part II'

Posted 11:50 AM March 1st, 2013 by Logan Falk
Jack the Giant Slayer

Once again, we have a week offering an interesting variety of films—an epic reimagining of a classic tale, a raunchy, drunken comedy, and a horror film sequel.

Opening today is another film putting a darker spin on an old tale—Jack the Giant Slayer. In this reimagined fable, an unwitting farm boy reignites an ancient war with a fearsome race of giants, and must fight to defend his kingdom from the eldritch threat.

Critics are torn on what to think about this film—it currently has a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Some say it’s a clever take on the age-old tale, while others say it’s half-baked and campy. Regardless of its mixed reception, HSX gives the film a range of $22-$28 million for its opening weekend.

Also coming out today is 21 and Over, the latest in a series of intended-to-be-comedies inspired mostly by binge-drinking. In this particular film, a student getting ready for an interview for medical school is surprised by a visit from his friends on his 21st birthday, and drunken hilarity ensues.

Or, at least it’s supposed to—the film’s current Tomatometer rating of 29% begs to differ. The consensus thus far is that racist jibes take the place of actual humor in this film. Accordingly, the film can expect between $15 million and $16 million over the weekend.

Finally, we have The Last Exorcism Part II—a horror film picking up where the last one left off. As you might guess, the evil spirit of the previous film wasn’t exorcised quite as well as the film’s protagonist, Nell, would’ve liked: she is once again possessed, and the malicious presence has even darker things planned.

Critics, predictably, aren’t impressed—this film received the lowest opinion of this week’s new releases, earning a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel, while possessed of some potential for a thoughtful, interesting horror film, apparently lacks the potency of the previous film, and falls short of its name. Weekend revenues are predicted to be between $8.5 million and $11 million.

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