Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Opening This Week - May 27


Alice Through the Looking Glass

Directed by: James Bobin
Runtime: 1hr, 53mins
Adventure, Fantasy

It seems unlikely that a followup to a film that saw very mixed reception would be able to improve upon its predecessor, especially with a change in director. The only feature directorial credit to Bobin's name is the two most recent Muppet films. Neither were particularly my cup of tea, but they certainly weren't negatively received overall by the movie going public. However Bobin is no Tim Burton, and if he couldn't make this strange material work I have my doubts Bobin will reverse this series fortunes. So far its received largely negative reviews, most of which draw attention to the fact that despite the awe-inspiring (if at times creepy) visuals, the film is a hollow, grating experience lacking substance and narrative imagination.


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X-Men: Apocalypse

Directed by: Bryan Singer
Runtime: 2hrs, 24mins
Action, Fantasy, Comic Book

I've never been overly fond of the X-Men franchise, but you can't say they don't excel with casting and big moments. With the latest film they've expanded the cast again and Bryan Singer seems to have gone even bigger. However things have been muddled ever since they decided to utilizing a new cast alongside a few old favorites they can't seem to let go of, but once you start dealing in time travel you start walking a fine line. I was beginning to think I was among the minority whose fatigue of this franchise has hurt my enthusiasm with every new release, but the mixed initial reviews might suggest otherwise.


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The Do Over (Netflix Release)

Directed by: Steven Brill
Comedy

If Adam Sandler's last outing for Netflix wasn't ridiculous enough, he's back for a "do over." This will be film number 2 of his contracted 5 films for Netflix. With three more films on the way and the first one setting such a low bar, I can only wonder how much worse they can get.


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The Ones Below

Directed by: David Farr
Runtime: 1hr, 27mins
Thriller

David Farr's directorial debut is being compared to the work of Roman Polanski. It's a psychological thriller that looks to be hard to forget.


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