Atlas Shrugged still isn't a hit, but at least the New York Times is going to review the new adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel. Too bad the movie's already been out for two weeks.
The Times snub bothered producer John Agliaro, who sunk $20 million of his own money into the project, more than the dismal reviews and tepid box office performance ($3.1 million in receipts since opening on 299 screens on April 15.) "The New York Times gave us the most hateful review of all," Aglialoro told the Los Angeles Times yesterday. "They didn't cover it." In a blog post earlier this week, New York Post chief film critic Lou Lumenick wondered--not unreasonably--if Rand's libertarian message was the reason a left-leaning paper that "deploys a small army of critics to handle even the most obscure releases [didn't] bother to review this particularly newsworthy movie." It's not like the movie didn't play in New York--tickets for the 7 p.m.opening night show at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 sold out two weeks ahead of time.
Lumenick's Post colleague Kyle Smith--one of the few critics to give the film a semi-positive notice--is now reporting the Times will run a review in tomorrow's paper. "Of course," he writes, "the review will be negative and dismissive, because one of the Times' goals is to be as predictable as it possibly can be."