Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Opening This Week - July 1

Wide Releases:


The BFG

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Runtime: 1hr, 57mins
Family, Fantasy

Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl 1980's children's book certainly looks like it has all the pieces needed for success: great director, solid source material, great looking CGI, and a unique fantasy setting. As such it's a surefire crowd pleaser that promises at least a few moments of wonder. Yet the mixed reviews so far indicate it'll entertain without necessarily engaging its audience on a deeper level.


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The Legend of Tarzan

Directed by: David Yates
Runtime: 1hr, 49mins
Action, Adventure

We've all seen various versions of Tarzan before, that's why "The Legend of Tarzan" hopes to tell a different chapter. David Yates, the director of a handful of "Harry Potter" films and the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is on-hand likely due to his proven track record with effects ridden films. I wonder if the recent "Planet of the Apes" films inspired this film in some way. It would seem from trailers that Apes will play a major role throughout this film.



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The Purge: Election Year

Directed by: James DeMonaco
Runtime: 1hr, 45mins
Action, Horror


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Limited Releases:


Our Kind of Traitor

Directed by: Susanna White
Runtime: 1hr, 47mins
Thriller

Some great performers and another story by John le CarrĂ© (writer of A Most Wanted Man, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). However the potential seems let down by poor direction and one of Le CarrĂ©'s lesser works. At least that seems to be a concensus among the middling reviews so far. Though they do note that strong performances by this great cast nearly save it.


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The Innocents

Directed by: Anne Fontaine
Runtime: 1hr, 55mins
Drama


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Life, Animated

Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
Runtime: 1hr, 29mins
Documentary


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Marauders

Directed by: Steven C. Miller
Runtime: 1hr, 47mins
Action, Thriller

Another indie action thriller using Bruce Willis' name even if it doesn't look like he has a big role in the film. Don't get me wrong, it could very well be a competent action thriller, but only getting a limited release won't help it much. Could this be another chance for Dave Bautista to spark an acting career? Also, the helmet one of the thieves uses looks like it's pulled straight from "Army of Two."


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Buddymoon

Directed by: Alex Simmons
Runtime: 1hr, 20mins
Comedy

This indie comedy actually looks really funny. Sure it features an over-the-top comedic character that may very well bound back and forth from hilarious to annoying throughout the film, but this film has done very well at festivals so far. Instead of a honeymoon -David's wife to be left him days before the wedding- David let's his best friend Flul talk him into going on the honeymoon anyway. There's plenty of potential here for comedy, cinematography that takes advantage of beautiful landscape, and touching moments as one man tries desperately to help his friend find peace and happiness after having his heart broken.


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