Underworld: Evolution , starring Kate Beckinsale, is expected to become the No. 1 film at the box office this weekend, but it was not screened for critics, since distributor Sony Screen Gems apparently believed that it would receive largely negative reviews. However, two other new films are also opening to dreadful notices, the Christian drama End of the Spear and Warner Independent's Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World. Most critics give Spear points for sincerity and inspiration, but few for entertainment. (Most dismiss the film in three or four paragraphs.) "This undramatic would-be piece of inspiration seems like made-for-TV fare for the Christian Broadcasting Network before it morphed into the Family Channel," writes Lou Lumenick in the New York Post. Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe describes it as "a dutiful public service announcement."
The actor plays the titular hero in the forthcoming adaptation.
Rock legend Eric Clapton has admitted the era of the guitar may be ''over''.