Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Opening This Weekend - October 9

Here's what's coming to theaters this weekend:

The Walk (Wide Release)

Robert Zemeckis' latest film takes on the true story of Philippe Petit's high-wire walk from one world trade center tower to the other. It looks like a visually spectacular spectacle even if it's been reported to make viewers sickBeware if you're prone to motion sickness and/or vertigo. We'll have to wait and see how well Joseph Gordon-Levitt's French accent holds up across the 2 hour and 3 minute runtime. These events were already detailed in the Oscar winning documentary "Man On Wire" by director James Marsh (which is available on Netflix by the way).


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Pan



This is a peculiar one. Joe Wright is a well liked director, and Hugh Jackman is a terrific actor (whose performance might be the only draw here outside of the visuals themselves), but then you also have Rooney Mara playing the Native American princess Tiger Lily. The story is the chapter in which Peter discovers Neverland and becomes the Peter Pan of the book/movies. Kids may want to see this one for the visuals, and parents will take them because it's Peter Pan, but let's face it, this is a piece of the story that didn't need telling.

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Big Stone Gap



This one feels like a callback to "Fried Green Tomatoes." Small town dramas don't get a lot of movies from Hollywood these days. These sorts of stories are typically found with less star power and as Hallmark channel originals, but the author of the book of the same name directed the film version of the story, and it'll likely have it's niche crowd.

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The Final Girls (Limited Release)


This comedy slasher film is being marketed as "the feel good horror film of the year." Whether that strange claim ends up being true or not, this is a likable cast and a director known for his comedy. It's a fantasy about a young woman who finds herself with a group of friends inexplicably trapped inside the world of her late mother's famous 80's horror film. It's an interesting concept with ample opportunity for comedy and of course the ever growing appeal of a return to the 1980's.

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Victoria (Limited Release)

This crime drama was done in a single shot (much like "Birdman"), and people around the world have been raving about it. The intense trailer shows praise from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and a handful of critics. It's also won a wealth of awards and been nominated for others at the Berlin, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Sydney, and Norwegian International Film Festivals. Here's hoping it expands from its limited initial release...

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Knock Knock

This Chilean/American horror film looks like a tough watch. It's the painful ruining of a loving family for seemingly no reason. Unless maybe Eli Roth ("Cabin Fever," "Hostel," "The Green Inferno")  can manage to surprise by adding some deeper, thought provoking meaning. That seems doubtful though considering its mixed initial reception.
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