Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Opening This Week - April 22

Wide Releases:

Elvis & Nixon

Directed by: Liza Johnson
Runtime: 1hr, 26mins

Based on the moment immortalized in one of the most memorable photographs of the last century. The fascination, no doubt, comes from the mere idea of these two bizarre but significant cultural figures meeting in 1970. Considering the figures involved it would almost have to be a comedy, and that's exactly the direction Liza Johnson has gone for her first big-budget film, but so far it's received mixed reviews. However, I'm having a hard time imagining Kevin Spacey as Nixon meeting Michael Shannon as Elvis not being an entertaining time. It's also worth mentioning, this the first official film from Amazon Studios, and is due to release on Amazon Prime shortly after it's theatrical release.


The Huntsman: Winter's War

Directed by: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Runtime: 1hr, 54mins

In order to understand what's going on here you'd have to have seen the underwhelming Kristen Stewart led "Snow White and the Huntsman." It made a solid amount of money, but was neither critically well received nor particularly well liked by general audiences. Nevertheless Universal has seen fit to throw a lot of money at a prequel film that follows the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) without Snow White. The real question is what could possibly have lured this collection of talent to this project. In addition to Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Nick Frost (who are returning), they were able to add Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. As expected, initial reviews are fairly low. Proceed with low expectations.


Limited Releases:

A Hologram for the King

Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Runtime: 1hr, 37mins

It's hard to imagine a world in which Tom Tykwer could direct a film that stars Tom Hanks and is based on a novel by Dave Eggers and no one noticed. But there has been literally no discussion around this film. It seems to have come completely out of nowhere and now that it's due to make it's theatrical release I'm still not seeing any advertisement nor hearing any buzz about this film. I'm not sure whether that's a bad sign or if this one just happened to have slipped under the radar.


Tale of Tales

Directed by: Matteo Garrone
Runtime: 2hrs, 13mins

This is the English language debut for Matteo Garrone, the director of "Gomorrah" and "Reality."



Directed by: Enrique Begne
Runtime: 1hr, 41mins


The Meddler

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria
Runtime: 1hr, 40mins


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