New in Theaters: 'Total Recall', 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days'

Posted 12:44 AM August 4th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

The new Total Recall ought to be a better movie than the 1990 original it's trying to improve upon. For one, it has a bigger budget to work with, and special effects have improved by leaps and bounds since the 90s. It also has the hindsight of what worked in the original and what didn't. And no one can dispute the fact that Colin Farrell is a better actor than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On Rotten Tomatoes, one movie has a Tomatometer of 83% and the other has 32%. One can probably guess which is which. That's right, the new Total Recall is the one with the lower Tomatometer score.

So what went wrong?

Critics say while the new Total Recall is a decent action movie in its own right, its seriousness and lack of humor make it less fun to sit through when compared to the original. Without the laughs to break up the incessant chase scenes, viewers may be left feeling drained after the movie is over.

Total Recall is projected to make somewhere in the range of $20-$29 million this weekend, and based on early Friday figures, the movie will hit the upper range of that projection.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the third movie to be adapted from Jeff Kinney's books, and it is targeted toward young teens and fans of the series.

In Dog Days, school is out and our protagonist Greg Heffley will have a gaffe-filled summer as well as a falling out with his dad. There's not much to say about this movie other than if one is a fan of the previous movies, then Dog Days is more of the same.

With a Tomatometer of 50%, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is not exactly a classic by any means, but as entertainment for its target audience, it'll do just fine.

The movie is projected to make in the range of $17-$22 million this weekend, but early Friday figures suggest it will hit the upper range of that projection.

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