Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Opening This Weekend - November 20

Here's what's coming out this weekend:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Part 2 is the 2nd movie of the 3rd book which is the final installment of "The Hunger Games." At least I think that came out right. This is one of the teen dystopian future series that has caught on with a bigger audience than just teens. To its credit, it's an interesting study of the media's influence and perhaps even control of society, in addition to typical dystopian themes like government repression, and the inequality inherent in the differing economic classes. Those are some big themes for teens to consider, but when it's dressed up like this it becomes an entertainment powerhouse. We can only hope more happens in this final chapter than in the previous film.


The Night Before

Another Seth Rogen film that attempts to find juvenile humor in the borderline offensive. How many good holiday films are there in which a Jewish character takes drugs and throws up during a church Christmas service? Nevertheless it'll still appeal to its certain audience.


Secret in Their Eyes

Despite its strong lead actors, "Secret in Their Eyes" looks like a pretty generic revenge/crime drama. Not to mention that the trailer seems to include a few too many plot points (or perhaps all of them). It's hard to imagine this film not getting lost in the shuffle this weekend behind other new films like "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," "The Night Before," and recent releases like "Spectre," and "The Peanuts Movie" still going strong.


Legend (Limited Release)

"Legend" is an intriguing gangster biopic that features Tom Hardy playing two parts. Set in London during the 1960's, Hardy is both Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious organized criminals in British history. Despite noting Hardy's performances, critics seem mixed on the film overall. Yet no matter how flawed this film turns out to be, I can't help but want to see this showcase for one of the biggest male leads working today. The release date for this film was perhaps wisely pushed back to avoid the crowded October box office. It's getting a limited release this weekend, and hopefully it'll expand in the near future.


Carol (Limited)

"Carol" is a period piece film that critics seem to agree features a "peerless" perfromance from Cate Blanchett. For months I've been hearing buzz about it, and it seems a foregone conclusion that Blanchett will win (or at the very least be nominated) another Academy Award for her effort. Yet that's not the only aspect being praised. Todd Haynes' direction, the cinematography and Rooney Mara's performance are also getting attention. Suffice it to say, this one figures to be talked about long into award season early next year.


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