Two more movies not screened for critics?

I’m slipping! I forgot to mention last week that Hostel Part II — which turned out to be a flop — was coming out last Friday without being shown to critics beforehand. At any rate, I heard of no screenings, and all the reviews I’ve read so far were published in the Saturday or Sunday papers — which is usually a sign that the critics couldn’t see the film until the paying public could. It is not uncommon for horror films to bypass the critics, so this isn’t a major news item; it’s just another film to add to my list.

Meanwhile, it looks like the only preview screening for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer — in Vancouver, at least — will be on Thursday night. The film opens Friday afternoon, if not earlier. And as we all know, screenings that take place the night before the movie opens “don’t count”. If anyone knows of any screenings earlier than that — in this or any other city — let me know. (I am vaguely reminded of how this same studio had advance screenings for Pathfinder in a handful of American cities but none whatsoever in Vancouver — despite the fact that the film was made here! FWIW, both of the Fantastic Four movies were shot here, too.)

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).