Films Review October

BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF (R)
(Universal)

THE LADY AND THE DUKE (PG-13)
(Columbia-TriStar)

NINE QUEENS (R)
(Columbia-TriStar)


THE SCORPION KING (PG-13)

“The Scorpion King” is the cinematic equivalent of a large piece of Limburger cheese. You know it’s going to stink, but for some reason you still want to take a bite. This also applies to the films star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose ham-on-wry performance will please his legion of fans but leave the rest of us starving for something more substantial. A prequel to “The Mummy Returns,” in which Johnson had a small role, “The Scorpion King” has franchise written all over it. Everything about “The Scorpion King” is big and dumb, a popcorn movie that fails to pop. What survives is a film that resembles those kernels left on the bottom of the kettle, warmed over and impotent. I really wanted to like “The Scorpion King.” Although I wasn’t as thrilled with “The Mummy Returns” as much as “The Mummy,” I enjoy these sort of films. Exotic locations, beautiful women, hunky warriors, a little horror and lots of adventure, what’s not to like? Unfortunately, for every step forward “The Mummy” took the genre, “The Scorpion King” takes it two back. Please click on title for complete review. (Universal)

THE TRIAL OF OLD DRUM (PG)
(Lion’s Gate)

VAMPIRES: LOS MUERTOS (R)
(Columbia-TriStar)

ALSO NEW THIS WEEK:BARBIE: RAPUNZEL (G/Artisan)

ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HILLS (NR/Goodtimes)

RUBY’S BUCKET OF BLOOD (NR/Showtime)



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