Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Jonah Hex’

HollywoodNews.com: The summer box office is bound to get back in shape as Disney unspools its long awaited Pixar sequel in 3-D “Toy Story 3.” Already, box office analysts are estimating the film to clear between $118-$125 million. “Toy Story 3” will bow in more than 4,000 venues. Worse case scenario for opening B.O.: $80 million.

In the third chapter, Woody and Buzz are thrown to the diaper wolves at the Sunnyside Day Care after their precious owner Andy heads for college. This was a fate that they weren’t expecting. The toy gang befriends Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (Ned Beatty), the care center’s jovial patriarch who calms them and says that as soon as youngsters outgrow them, there’s another generation. However, the truth sets in about Sunnyside and soon Woody and Buzz have to break out, prison style.

The New York Times’ A.O. Scott marveled about the film’s use of 3-D exclaiming:

“Toy Story 3,” which makes remarkably subtle use of 3-D, also explores a range of cinematic techniques undreamed of in the first two chapters, and refined in recent Pixar films like “Wall-E” and “Up.” There are swiftly edited action sequences worthy of a “Bourne” movie; low-angle compositions and nimble tracking shots; changes in the color saturation and the texture of the light — just like in a ‘real’ movie!”

Kenneth Turan of the L.A. Times praises “Toy Story 3” as a film that “pays attention to the reasons we return again and again to the motion picture experience.” Film is 100% fresh on the Tomato meter — good enough reason to go.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. DC comic-book adaptation “Jonah Hex” starring Josh Brolin as a scar faced supernatural cowboy and Megan Fox, as his, well, fox; is expected to fail grabbing $8.5 million. The film cost $47 million and was co-produced by Legendary Pictures. The comic book debuted in the 1970s and Brolin’s Hex is a bit of the anti-hero.

Film gauges 14% rotten on the Tomatometer. Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News pans “Jonah Hex”: “If all you want is a bullets-and-bombs B-movie, you’ll get your money’s worth: Somehow, Hayward makes 82 minutes feel like hours.”

On the other hand, Manohla Dargis of the New York Times sheds an immense amount of mercy on the film, exclaiming, “Though it has bad word of mouth, ‘Jonah Hex’ is generally better, sprier and more diverting than most of the action flicks now playing, The A-Team included.”

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