Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Opening This Week - May 13

Wide Releases:


Money Monster

Directed by: Jodie Foster
Runtime: 1hr, 38mins
Thriller

With the summer movie season kicking off last week with "Civil War," "Money Monster" is the next big release, though it hasn't been marketed very aggressively. It plays on both the fear of Wall Street and TV show reporters being shot or taken hostage on live TV. This thriller features an all-star cast lead by George Clooney and Julia Roberts as the show anchor and producer forced to talk a gunman down after he takes the studio hostage.


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The Darkness

Directed by: Greg McLean
Runtime: 1hr, 32mins
Horror

Believe it or not this very unoriginal horror flick is the only one set to release on Friday the 13th. Seems like a missed opportunity.


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Limited Releases:


The Lobster

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Runtime: 1hr, 58mins
Comedy, Drama, Romance

I have long liked Colin Farrell despite his generally bad reputation. And I know if only he made some better choices for his film roles more people would appreciate his talents. "The Lobster" is one of the good roles. It's been one of the most talked about films from festivals around the world since it debuted last year. It's also acclaimed Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' English language debut.


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High-Rise

Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Runtime: 1hr, 59mins
Drama

This one looks an awful lot like "Snowpiercer" but set in a high-rise rather than on a train. It also trades Captain America (Chris Evans) as a member of the lower level leading a revolution, for Loki (Tom Hiddleston) playing the part of a member of the high society. The concept, the visuals, and the cast, that includes Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss, is more than enough to intrigue me to give this one a shot despite it's mixed reviews.


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Last Days in the Desert

Directed by: Rodrigo GarcĂ­a
Runtime: 1hr, 38mins

This is the imagined story of Jesus' 40 days of fasting and prayer during which he suffered from temptation by the devil. However, because it features Ewan McGregor as Jesus, there is an obvious joke to be made about how this may be an unofficial Star Wars film about Obi-Wan Kenobi's years of solitude in the desert of Tatooine.


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Search Party

Directed by: Scot Armstrong
Runtime: 1hr, 33mins
Comedy


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