Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Opening This Week - April 15

Out in Wide Release:


The Jungle Book

Disney's animated version of The Jungle Book was always a favorite of mine growing up, so I'm fairly excited to see Jon Favreau's new take on the story. A successful opening internationally has also prompted Disney to approve a sequel with Favreau coming back to direct. While I'm not sure where the story would go, I'm hoping for the best.


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Barber Shop: The Next Cut

And chalk another one up for this years series of sequels made more than 10 years after the previous film. Even if this were a series I cared about I'd have a hard time not worrying about it considering the performance of films like "Zoolander 2" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" earlier in the year.


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Criminal

This seems like a film that should have been a direct to digital release if it weren't for its cast. We've seen similar concepts before, and those movies failed both critically and commercially. The big question is how did they secure this cast for this project? It's a little baffling. What's not particularly baffling is the extremely low ratings from critics up to this point. Granted this is based on just 7 initial reviews, but it's currently sitting at 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and averaging a whopping 2 out of 10. I can't help wonder how much of that is due to the fact that the 30 year old female character here (played by Gal Gadot) is asked to fall for the 61 year old male lead (played by Kevin Costner) simply because he had some of her dying husband's memories implanted in his head (among other issues). I also can't help wondering the practicality of implanting another person's memories into an ex-con's mind in order to finish a dangerous mission rather than simply reassigning the mission to a trusted agent. It's premises like this that sound questionable, and even objectionable, at the start that typically fail to hold up. Though I will say it's interesting to see Deadpool marry Wonder Woman, only to die and have his memories placed in Clark Kent's dad, and when he goes rogue he gets chased down by Commissioner Gordon and Two Face (Harvey Dent).


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Out In Limited Release:


Green Room

Director Jeremy Saulnier endeared himself to critics and cinephiles alike with his well received 2013 film "Blue Ruin." Like most young directors who impress with an early critically acclaimed indie project, Saulnier was offered big budget work from Hollywood, but chose instead to keep working on smaller projects of his own creation. "Green Room" is his latest film and it's already getting critical praise. It's a horror thriller that casts Patrick Stewart in a different light, and stars young talents Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots.

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Colonia

Colonia is based on a true story about Colonia Dignidad, a bizarre South Chilean cult locked away from society. Lena (Emma Watson) is forced to join after her boyfriend is taken away to the Colonia where no one escapes.

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Sing Street



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