Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Opening This Week - March 25

Opening in Wide Release:


Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Here you go DC fans (I say with extreme unease). With Zack Snyder's Man of Steel leaving many viewers disappointed, we'll have to see how he turns around and throws the character into combat against a new Dark Knight played by Ben Affleck. There's a lot riding on this film when you consider that it's setting up the larger cinematic universe for DC while introducing a lot of characters who are sure to get their own films down the line. Considering what Marvel has accomplished and that this year will see a versus film from them, this feels like perhaps a calculated attempt by DC to counter what they're doing. I can't help wondering if it's miscalculated, however, considering the amount of new characters (being played by new actors to the roles), and the fact that it's a followup (not a sequel) to a largely disliked Superman film. However, where Marvel's versus film will likely end with a breakup of the team, "Dawn of Justice" is a forging of new alliances that just so happened to start off on the wrong foot. I'll probably see this, but I'm keeping my expectations low, though I will say this final trailer is an improvement on their promotional material up to this point.


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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

I'll be honest, I never saw the first one, and didn't even know there was a second one coming out. I'm sure that won't stop the target audience who saw and loved the first one from seeing it. Apparently 2016 is the year of the long overdue sequel. This film joins Zoolander 2 and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny in a rare category of sequels that came about 10+ years after the release of the original.


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Out in Limited Release:


I Saw The Light

It's not uncommon to see a screenwriter become a director, but it's awfully rare to see a producer become a director. That was the job for Marc Abraham here. If you're crossing over from producing to both screenwriting and directing? Well, let's just say that would be a hard job indeed. This film might be an example of why not many people make that crossover. Ever since its release last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, it's seen mixed to negative reviews. It would seem solid performances from Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen couldn't save this one.


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April and the Extraordinary World




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Born to Be Blue



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They're Watching



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Valley of Love



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