Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Opening This Week - June 3

Wide Releases:

Me Before You

Directed by: Thea Sharrock
Runtime: 1hr, 50 mins
Drama, Romance

So far initial reviews aren't overly positive for this novel adaptation. There's likely intrigue to see Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) and Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) pair up, and there is notable chemistry between the two, but it's hard to ignore how familiar it all seems. Nevertheless, it could do fairly well at the box office if only for its star power and the fact that its one of the few films getting an aggressive ad campaign that isn't a super hero blockbuster.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Directed by: Dave Green
Runtime: 1hr, 52mins
Action, Comedy

This movie, like the last one, seems to have an immature sense of humor and over-the-top action sequences powered by lots of green screen and CGI. The fact that it's produced by Michael Bay indicates it'll likely be poorly reviewed but make a ton of money at the box office. There are devoted fans of TMNT, but as you can likely tell, I've never been one of them.


Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Directed by: Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone
Runtime: 1hr, 26mins

It's obvious this comedy by the Lonely Island guys are basing this parody film on Justin Bieber, even if they aren't willing to admit it. We like to make fun of child popstars, especially when they grow up to be Justin Bieber.


Limited Releases:

Approaching the Unknown

Directed by: Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Runtime: 1hr, 30mins
Sci-Fi, Thriller

I've always enjoyed space stories, and I've always liked Mark Strong. This utilizes both in the form of a psychological thriller about the first manned mission to Mars. Yet he's taking this mission on by himself. It also features Luke Wilson and Sanaa Lathan in supporting roles.


The Fits

Directed by: Anna Rose Holmer
Runtime: 1hr, 12mins

It's obvious from the trailer that Anna Rose Holmer's directorial debut is a tense, moody character study. But Holmer's strong direction isn't the only attraction here. Newcomer Royalty Hightower (how about that name?) is said to give a star making performance. The story involves a young girl who gets involved with a dance troupe but finds herself in danger as members of the group begin to suffer from violent fits and fainting spells.


The Wailing

Directed by: Hong-jin Na
Runtime: 2hrs, 36mins
Mystery, Thriller

As Korean films continue to increase in quality and continue to get exposure in the west, directors like Hong-jin Na will continue to be among the names we'll have to keep an eye out for. His acclaimed film "The Chaser" is one I've heard nothing but good things about, but still haven't gotten around to seeing. "The Wailing" looks like another very tense thriller. But at over two and a half hours I wonder if it can maintain it's tone the whole time.


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