Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Opening This Week - July 29

Wide Releases:


Jason Bourne

Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Runtime: 2hrs, 3mins
Action, Thriller

Despite claiming he was done with the Bourne franchise, Matt Damon has returned for a fourth film. They tried to move on with Jeremy Renner, but Bourne Legacy was met with mixed reviews and disappointing box office numbers considering the series continued success up to that point. The latest film sees Bourne resurface yet again despite a new program created to hunt him down. There's a great cast on board for this one and Paul Greengrass (director of two of the three earlier Bourne films) is back to direct. Nevertheless it's seen some mixed reviews thus far. They note that, despite some fairly groundbreaking roots, it's starting to feel like a generic action franchise.




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Bad Moms

Directed by: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Runtime: 1hr, 41mins
Comedy

Like the overworked, under-appreciated moms in need of a breath of fresh air, and self indulgence, this film is going to be an appealing escape for a specific audience.


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Nerve

Directed by: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Runtime: 1hr, 36mins
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Nerve exists as a commentary on the dangers of social networks, augmented reality games and live streaming services. The game here involves "watchers" giving "players" tasks to complete. Upon completion they're given a payout straight to their bank account. The bigger the payout the harder and more dangerous, the task. It's one part Periscope, one part Pokemon Go, and one part Twitch/YouTube live streaming service. There is an odd bit of irony not to be overlooked with this teen flick though. For a film about tech and social media trends it's likely to lose its luster very quickly considering the tech on display has likely been showing its age since the minute the film was done shooting. 


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Batman: The Killing Joke

Directed by: Sam Liu
Runtime: 1hr, 16mins
Animation, Graphic Novel

For fans of one of the most highly regarded Batman graphic novels, this R rated animated adaptation featuring the original voices of Batman (Kevin Conroy) and the Joker (Mark Hamill), this movie will be a dream come true. This is only the second Batman animated movie to get a theatrical release -the first being Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. But keep expectations in check, mixed reviews have led to a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes.


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Limited Releases:


Into the Forest

Directed by: Patricia Rozema
Runtime: 1hr, 41mins
Drama, Sci-Fi



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Equity

Directed by: Meera Menon
Runtime: 1hr, 40mins
Drama, Thriller



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Indignation

Directed by: James Schamus
Runtime: 1hr, 50mins
Drama



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Tallulah

Directed by: Sian Heder
Runtime: 1hr, 51mins
Comedy, Drama



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The Tenth Man

Directed by: Daniel Burman
Runtime: 1hr, 22mins
Comedy, Drama



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Monkey King: Hero Is Back

Directed by: Tian Xiao Peng
Runtime: 1hr, 29mins
Animation



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League of Gods

Directed by: Koan Hui
Runtime: 1hr, 49mins
Action, Fantasy



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