Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Opening This Weekend - October 30

Here's the movies coming to theaters this Halloween weekend:

Our Brand Is Crisis

The first film is a not so Halloween themed. "Our Brand Is Crisis" is the fictionalized retelling of the story presented in Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary film of the same name. The dramatization involves political consulting firm Greenberg Carville Shrum's Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) heading to Bolivia to use American campaign strategies to manage one candidate's 2002 campaign against the opposition lead by her nemesis Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton). So far Bullock is receiving high praise for her part, but critics claim its in service of a poor script by Peter Straughan and poor direction by David Gordon Green. As someone who usually likes David Gordon Green's work, it's a shame to hear, but then again it never seemed like a story that was up his alley. His ventures into the world of bigger budget Hollywood films have not been among his best work. He's simply best when working in smaller, character driven, indie films. Your viewing of this film will, no doubt, depend on how much you want to see Bullock and her performance.


Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

And for the film most likely to gain an audience looking for something more Halloween themed, "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" looks like a comedy/horror flick in the vein of "Zombieland." In fact, it looks like a more irreverent version of "Zombieland" with Sara Dumont taking the Woody Harrelson-esque role of the tough leader perhaps a little too well suited to the apocalypse. If you're not opposed to egregious amounts of blood, gore, and zombie nudity meant for comedic effect (one scene in the trailer attempts humor by having a zombie spurt ridiculous amounts of blood on a character's face), this one will be up your alley. Its only hope is that, like "Zombieland," it might be fun to watch with a group, but I wouldn't expect much depth or good reviews.



"Burnt" gets its wide release after last weekend's limited release. It's a film for the generation that obsesses over food network and shows like "Iron Chef." If Jon Favreau's "Chef" was the fun, easy-going comedy film for foodies, then "Burnt" is the gritty, dramatic character study film for foodies.


The Wonders (Limited Release)

Even if they aren't for everyone, I tend to love slice of life films. They do, even more so than more plot-driven films, give you an impression of life elsewhere in the world with a different group of people. This one is an Italian slice of life film by Alice Rohrwacher. Its received lots of acclaim at festivals around the world last year and earlier this year, and is just now making its theatrical (albeit limited) release.

Freaks of Nature (Limited Release)

Because one over the top zombie comedy wasn't enough... It appears to be every bit as gruesome and over the top as "Scouts Guide" but this one is a limited release making it less likely to be seen by as many people despite its far more recognizable cast.


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