The Incredible Hulk opens today. This follow up to Ang Lee’s Hulk is an explosive, action packed epic by the director of Transporter. A sampling of reviews from several newspapers and magazines indicate a hit. Variety calls the film, “A straightforward actioner that delivers the goods with no unnecessary frills or digressions.”
Also opening today is Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, starring Mark Whalberg. Critics have already panned this B movie sci-fi effort from Shyamalan as a “case of crippling Shyamalania" that is goofy and trite. “He still sees dead people”, says the Washington Post, “only now they're the best thing in the movie.”
The surprise hit last week was Kung Fu Panda, an animated film with the voice of Jack Black that overtook even Indiana Jones and Sex and the City at the box office. Critics have praised it for its quality of animation and storytelling. It’s probably the first animated kung fu movie Hollywood has made.
Releasing next week will be Get Smart with comedian Steve Carrel as the funny spy, Maxwell Smart. In the weeks following, we’ll see Angelina Jolie in an adaptation of a cult graphic novel called Wanted, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, and the eagerly awaited sequel to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight.