Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Opening This Week - February 5

Here are the new films you can see this weekend


Hail, Caesar!

One of my most anticipated films for the early part of 2016 is the latest from the Coen brothers. It's a comedy set in Hollywood in the 1950's, in which a big name movie star (George Clooney) is kidnapped, throwing production of the studio's latest film into chaos. The ensemble also features Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, and Tilda Swinton playing Hedda Hopper if you're interested in comparing characterizations with Helen Mirren's take on the character in last year's Trumbo.


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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies


For some, there could have been a better way to tell a zombie tale set during the Regency Era without sullying Jane Austen's work, but then again for others there's no other way they'd bother seeing a film involving one of Austen's works. No matter which side of the fence you fall on, we all have to face the fact that the zombie trend remains undead (pardon the pun).


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The Choice

Another Nicholas Sparks romance timed to release around Valentine's day, another film that looks like an uninspiring, eye roll worthy cheesefest.


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Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Limited Release)

Here's an interesting little film about the early career of Sergei Eisenstein, a name film history buffs will remember as the director that brought us the incredibly influential film Battleship Potemkin among other classics.


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Regression (Limited Release)

Ethan Hawke has been in a growing number of B films over the years, from underwhelming action flicks to horror films, some of which catch on but most of which are entirely forgettable. That seems to be the case for this latest effort that has him teaming up with Harry Potter star Emma Watson. Critics have already been pretty harsh towards this film, but have placed their criticisms more on director Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar rather than any of the performances.


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Tumbledown (Limited Release)

Though this film looks like it covers fairly well worn romantic dramedy territory, it does provide an opportunity for comedic actor Jason Sudeikis to stretch his range as an actor while still delivering on some of his comedic sensibilities. It also features Rebecca Hall who tends to be good in just about everything she's in.


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