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Clive Owen as a Tongue-in-Cheek James Bond, Christian Bale Goes Western, Christopher Walken Sings Tom Jones

Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2007 1:37 PM by Scott Jentsch

There is quite an eclectic choice of movies this weekend! Of the 11 new releases, there are three major (highly publicized) and the rest are seeing very limited releases in the hopes of opening wider later.

Clive Owen was rumored to be in consideration for playing James Bond before Daniel Craig was chosen for the role in "Casino Royale." In this week's release of "Shoot 'Em Up" we get to see a glimpse of what could have been if he had chosen, but perhaps only if the story included plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor along with large amounts of shoot-em-up violence. The trailers shows Paul Giamatti chewing up every scene he's in, so this movie could be quite a bit of fun!

We have quite a few extras for "Shoot 'Em Up," including 21 photos and both versions of the trailer, so be sure to check them out. If you go to see it, please be sure to write a Reader Review and tell others what you thought of the movie!

The movie that's getting the largest amount of theater coverage this weekend is actually the remake of the western "3:10 to Yuma" featuring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in place of Van Heflin and Glenn Ford. This movie is actually expected to take the weekend, which will be a first for a western in a long time.

Our Featured Movie Critic has given the movie 3 out of 4 stars, and the scores tracked by Metacritic are pretty positive as well. (Check out our Reviews page for the movie to get a full list of reviews that we recommend)

Then there is the Will Arnette and Will Forte sex comedy "The Brothers Solomon." All I can say about this movie is that I would imagine you have to like this sort of thing, and the trailer appears to provide quite a bit of an indication of the humor that you're going to be subjected to able to enjoy. Attend at your own risk...

In closing, we come to Christopher Walken and his connection to Tom Jones (see the title of this article). In the star-studded R-rated comedy "Romance & Cigarettes," Christopher Walken breaks out in song to Tom Jones' "Delilah." You can see the video of his number on YouTube. The movie is playing in very few theaters, so it may be difficult to impossible to see until it hits DVD.



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