Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Opening This Week - March 18

Out in Wide Release:

The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 1

Another in the line of teen fiction trilogies extended to 4 movies, because more movies mean more money. However this particular one, despite relative success, seems to be losing its audience. The critical and commercial reception certainly hasn't been as favorable as something like the "The Hunger Games." I personally didn't care much for Divergent (and never saw "Insurgent)"). Splitting the last book into two movies rarely leaves enough material for two "good" movies. Also, at this point this movie looks so similar to "The Hunger Games" and "The Maze Runner" that I'm not sure I could tell them apart. Also it wouldn't surprise me if they made one final crossover that brought the three of them together and revealed they were all in the same universe. Because as ridiculous as that might sound, it would likely make money.


Miracles From Heaven

Jennifer Garner lends her star power to this feel good, family-centric, faith based film. It's yet another film hitting theaters in the hopes of catching on during the Easter season. Between this movie "Risen" and "Young Messiah" there are at least a few options available. They provide a bit of variety as well considering the latter two take a historical fiction approach to the biblical epic (and have been met with mixed reviews) and this is a modern tale based on a true story.


Out in Limited Release:

Midnight Special

As a fan of Jeff Nichols, this is one of the few films in this pre-summer movie season I'm anxiously awaiting. I enjoyed both "Take Shelter" and "Mud," and this one looks like it takes its cues from 80's sci-fi thrillers. It also helps that the cast is looking very strong, including the always brilliant Michael Shannon. Now if only it can expand from its limited release.


The Bronze

The novelty here is the fact that a TV star from a notable sitcom (Melissa Rauch) is being featured in her first starring role, and its for a raunchy, foul mouthed, R rated comedy. And yet, despite a strong cast featuring names like Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, and Cecily Strong the reviews have been mixed at best.


The Program

Somehow or another they managed to make Ben Foster look quite a lot like Lance Armstrong. That's the good news. The bad news is they didn't dig very deep for this film based on Armstrong's steroid scandal. In fact the initial reviews seem to agree, despite solid performances, it holds no new revelations about this intriguing story. Though I can't help but want to see Chris O'Dowd in a dramatic role (he was hilarious in "The IT Crowd"), especially if he's taking on Ben Foster who, as far as I've seen, has never been bad in anything.




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