Friday movie roundup – Aug. 1

I’d like to see “The Dark Knight” stay at the top of the box office this weekend, but there’s a chance it will be unseated by “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” Which is a shame, since “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” is terrible.

Not terrible (but not particularly good, either) is “Swing Vote,” starring Kevin Costner as a man who gets to single-handedly decide the presidential election. My review is at

A horror flick called “The Midnight Meat Train” is being dumped … er, released … on about 100 screens today, with no press screenings or publicity. Oh, and most of those theaters are second-run houses (“dollar theaters,” they’re often called, somewhat anachronistically). Lionsgate is obviously fulfilling a contractual obligation to put the film in theaters without actually expending any effort in doing so. I haven’t seen the movie, but surely it’s no worse than many of the films that Lionsgate DOES pay attention to. I’m just sayin’.

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