This movie was not screened for critics, 2007.

Time to start another list.

Ten months ago, I posted an item on Ultraviolet and several other movies which had not been screened for critics in the first two months of 2006; and then, as the year progressed and the ranks of such movies swelled, I posted updates to that original post.

Well, here we are, with the second weekend of 2007 upon us, and already a film is going into wide release without being shown to critics in advance — unless you count a late-night invitational screening the night before the movie opens as “in advance”. (It is a preview of sorts, but it’s still too late for newspaper deadlines.)

There will be more such films in the year ahead, I’m sure; I’ll post updates as they come, and link to those updates from here.

January 12: Primeval.
January 19: The Hitcher.
January 26: Blood and Chocolate, Epic Movie.
February 2: The Messengers.
February 14: Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls.
February 16: Ghost Rider.
February 23: The Abandoned, Reno 911!: Miami.
March 16: Dead Silence.
March 23: The Hills Have Eyes II.
April 13: Pathfinder, Redline, Slow Burn.
April 27: The Invisible, Kickin’ It Old Skool, Wind Chill.
May 11: Delta Farce.
June 8: Hostel Part II.
June 15: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
June 27: Live Free or Die Hard.
July 13: Captivity.
July 27: The Simpsons Movie, I Know Who Killed Me, Who’s Your Caddy?.
August 3: Underdog, Bratz: The Movie.
August 10: Skinwalkers.
August 17: The Last Legion.
August 24: War.
August 31: Halloween.
September 21: Resident Evil: Extinction.
October 5: Feel the Noise.
October 12: Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?.
October 19: The Comebacks.
October 26: Saw IV.
November 30: Awake.
December 25: Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16818156679218711975 Ryan Hartsock

    It continually amazes me that studios greenlight what look to be glorified B-movies and do the full marketing ramp up for them then chose to have no advanced screenings.

    Out of the list I only see one movie that financially excelled…”Ghost Rider”.


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