Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Opening This Week - June 10

Wide Releases:


Directed by: Duncan Jones
Runtime: 2hrs, 3mins
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Perhaps more interesting than this particular video game adaptation is what it's possible success could mean for game adaptations. Duncan Jones is a director who has impressed with his first couple of films, but here he's tasked with establishing a huge game franchise as a big budget action blockbuster film franchise. This year the film industry has already seen several films trying to take advantage of fan favorite game franchises. Whether or not this can break the mold of bad video game movie adaptations has yet to be seen, but initial reviews from critics have been on the negative side. Yet strong enough box office numbers and fan appreciation may allow more (and perhaps better) films to be made. Even as someone not overly familiar with the game franchise, I'm rooting for this one if only for the greater implications within the film industry. If this film paves the way for a series of "Mass Effect" or "Fallout" films (or even TV shows) I'm in. Though in all likelihood, the video game movie to do that will be the "Assassin's Creed" film set to release later this year.

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Now You See Me 2

Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Runtime: 2hrs, 9mins
Action, Comedy, Thriller

Despite doing fairly well at the box office, the first "Now You See Me" was a silly mess of a film. It was certainly not the sort of film I wanted a sequel for. With the exception of "Captain America" 2016 has proven a tough year for sequels, which doesn't bode well for this one. The summer box office also hasn't had nearly the success it had last year, though admittedly it's still early. All this means it's unlikely "Now You See Me 2" will find the huge success it's hoping for. The mixed initial reviews won't help it much either.


The Conjuring 2

Directed by: James Wan
Runtime: 2hrs, 13mins

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are back with a sequel based on true events from the late 1970's. This team of paranormal investigators head to England to deal with some poltergeist activity that has plagued a single mother raising her four children.  


Limited Releases:


Directed by: Michael Grandage
Runtime: 1hr, 44mins
Biography, Drama

This one is a biographical film following revered book editor Max Perkins. Perkins was known for working with famous writers such as Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. If that weren't interesting enough, it features a talented cast lead by Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Linney.


De Palma

Directed by: Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow
Runtime: 1hr, 47mins

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like Brian De Palma gets forgotten way too often. He came to prominence alongside a number of great filmmakers during the 70's. Yet we seem to always remember names like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas before Brian De Palma. This documentary honors his work and allows him to speak candidly about it. Also of note here, as a fan of Noah Baumbach I'll watch anything he directs.


King Jack

Directed by: Felix Thompson
Runtime: 1hr, 21mins


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