Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Opening This Week - November 25

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


Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler team up again after their critically well received "Fruitvale Station," with a story about Rocky Balboa's late friend's son. So far the reviews seem positive and there's buzz for Stallone to receive an Oscar nomination for supporting actor. It may be Thanksgiving and Black Friday this week, but box office numbers for this film should be safe. Rocky fans will likely find the time to catch this one.


The Good Dinosaur

If "Goosebumps" was the kid friendly movie winning the box office last month, and "The Peanuts Movie" took over to start November, Pixar's latest outing "The Good Dinosaur" is sure to take over heading into December. Interestingly, this marks the first time Pixar has released two films in one year, which will inevitably lead to competition among themselves over the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. The film seems to be garnering positive initial reviews, but can it live up to the critical success of "Inside Out?" We'll have to wait and see.


Victor Frankenstein

Here's another attempt to find success retelling the Frankenstein story, this time from the perspective of Frankenstein's assistant that looks like Daniel Radcliffe rather than a hunchbacked Peter Lorre. Paul McGuigan (director of Lucky Number Slevin) appears to have taken visual cues from Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" films along with the more fun action/adventure tone rather than the more traditional horror genre most would expect of a Frankenstein film. Whether or not that pays off for them is yet to be seen.


The Danish Girl (Limited Release)

This may be a timely film about one of the pioneers of the transgender community, but so far critics are mixed on the overall quality of the film. Yet I don't think that will hurt it's Oscar potential. Director Tom Hooper has made a couple of films that were recognized at the Oscars ("The King's Speech," and "Les Misérables"). And Eddie Redmayne may be trying to put his comically bad performance in the much maligned Wachowski's project "Jupiter Ascending" behind him, but he did win the Best Actor Oscar for his stellar performance as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" last year. The buzz is there, but whether or not that will translate into a strong commercial response is anyone's guess.


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