Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Opening This Week - June 17

Wide Releases:


Finding Dory

Directed by: Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane
Runtime: 1hr, 43mins
Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The big question here is whether or not another sequel built around a lovable side character can do new and interesting things without feeling like a rehash. If anyone can pull it off it's Pixar. This is probably the family movie of the year, and it's about the true meaning of family.


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Central Intelligence

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Runtime: 1hr, 54mins
Action, Comedy

You likely either love or hate Kevin Hart, but this marks his first pairing with Dwayne Johnson. Johnson has become a likable action/comedy star, so he might make this film worth it for some. One way or another this film stands a solid chance at box office success if only for the fact that it's not a sequel. If the box office numbers up to this point are any indication, the movie going public just isn't interested in sequels.


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Limited Releases:


Swiss Army Man

Directed by: Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
Runtime: 1hr, 35mins
Comedy, Drama

That bizarre indie film I've heard so much about since it started making the festival rounds is finally getting a limited release. I could be way off, but the trailers make it look a bit like "Weekend At Bernie's" meets "Cast Away." It involves Paul Dano finding the farting corpse of Daniel Radcliffe only to find out he's semi-undead. Paul Dano always makes interesting choices with the film roles he chooses to take on, and always gives great performances in those roles. People who saw this during its festival circuit either loved it or hated it leading to very mixed reviews. However I couldn't be more curious to find out for myself what this is all about.


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The Last King

Directed by: Nils Gaup
Runtime: 1hr, 39mins
Action, Drama

Apparently this film is like "Game of Thrones" set in Norway. It's set in the year 1206 and features a civil war, an illegitimate child and murder plots. It also features "Game of Thrones" actor Kristofer Hivju (he plays Tormund), and chase scenes on skis. If you aren't convinced yet, the 1990's-esque trailer complete with no actual dialogue and old style movie trailer guy voice-over might.


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Tickled

Directed by: David Farrier and Dylan Reeve
Runtime: 1hr, 32mins
Documentary

This bizarre documentary has been gaining buzz in recent weeks. Whenever anyone brings it up they note how good it is. They also always make mention of the fact that it begins seeming very benign. It looks like a jokey mockumentary about the goofy subject of competitive endurance tickling, but it soon becomes a bizarre conspiracy that goes much deeper than anyone could have predicted. 


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Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Directed by: Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen
Runtime: 1hr, 35mins
Documentary

By now the majority of internet savvy film buffs have heard of the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" fan film that was made back in the 1980's. This is the documentary that explores the making of it. 


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