This week at the movies brings only one wide release: The fourth installment of the zombie-infested sci-fi/action Resident Evil franchise (Resident Evil: Afterlife, starring Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter). What do the critics have to say?
We’d love to give you the lowdown on the latest entry in the venerable Resident Evil franchise, but Afterlife wasn’t screened for critics — which, given that the best-reviewed entry in the series is at 34 percent, was probably a wise move. Milla Jovovich is back as Alice, a one-woman zombie-killing force; this time out, she’s headed to Los Angeles to stop the latest dastardly deeds by the evil Umbrella Corporation. It’s time to play guess the Tomatometer! (Plus, we’ve got tons of Resident Evil-related stuff, including Five Favorite Films with director Paul WS Anderson and star Wentworth Miller. And be sure to check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we take a look at some of the best and worst part fours in movie history.)
Also opening this week in limited release:
Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, a documentary about the enigmatic pop star and John Lennon buddy, is at 100 percent.
François Ozon’s Hideaway, about a woman who escapes to a beach to escape her troubles, is at 82 percent.
Heartbreaker, a romantic comedy about a suave gentleman who’s hired to seduce a woman in order to derail her impending marriage, is at 78 percent.
Bran Nue Dae, a musical comedy about a pair of indigenous Australians finding love in the turbulent 1960s, is at 64 percent.