Bridge of Spies
This gothic romance/ghost story was written by director Guillermo del Toro after his 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth, but it's been on the back burner while del Toro worked on Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Hobbit films (for which he worked on the screenplays), and Pacific Rim. Even as this film nears its theatrical release there are more stories going around about Pacific Rim 2 (and its likely delay) than this film. Yet this one is far more up his alley as its to be a return to his more horror-centric roots. With a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain, and a brilliant visual filmmaker like del Toro, this one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Room has already received a healthy amount of acclaim by critics. Nevertheless it's still likely to be overlooked by the mainstream cinema-going crowds this weekend. Yet it's acclaim comes because of its performances. Young Jacob Tremblay is being recognized for his part as a young boy who grew up trapped in a room with his mother until finally breaking out to discover the world for the first time. Brie Larson is already being considered a lock for an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. After a number of successful outings in small indie films, Brie Larson is quickly becoming a very sought after actresses in Hollywood (She's due to star in a big budget film called Kong: Skull Island set for release in 2017). and an Oscar nomination certainly doesn't hurt.
Director Rob Letterman is known for Shark Tale, Monsters Vs. Aliens, and Gulliver's Travels, the latter of which was such a train wreck that it left Letterman's career nearly over until this film 5 years later. Columbia Pictures is hoping "Goosebumps" becomes a big money-making franchise for them, but to a certain extent it looks like a Jumanji reboot (even if there might be an actual reboot in the works). However that CGI looks about as poor as the CGI found in the original Jumanji... that was made in 1995.
Olga Kurylenko goes from being a Bond girl to the lead in her own action spy thriller film. It's the directorial debut from cinematographer Stephen Campanelli. But this one looks like a fairly generic action film.
Also releasing this weekend:
All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records
Directed by: Colin Hanks
This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate
Directed by: Avi Lewis