Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Opening This Week - July 8

Wide Releases:


The Secret Life of Pets


Directed by: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney
Runtime: 1hr, 30mins
Animation, Comedy

I'm not sure it's a good sign that the latest run of adverts for this film showcase a new minions short rather than the feature it's attached to. I haven't been terribly impressed by what I've seen from this film so far, and it certainly doesn't look as compelling as some of the other animated films it's up against this year. The lukewarm initial response from critics won't help either.



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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Directed by: Jake Szymanski
Runtime: 1hr, 38mins
Comedy

Who knows whether or not these broad comedies will catch on. Zac Effron's recent string of flops seems to be indicate a decline in whatever box office appeal he may have had. Neighbors 2, Dirty Grandpa, We Are Your Friends... is it premature to say we might be adding this one to the list? 


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Limited Releases:


Captain Fantastic

Directed by: Matt Ross
Runtime: 1hr, 58mins
Drama

Viggo Mortensen can do no wrong, even when he ends up in lackluster films from time to time. His latest sounds like a Marvel superhero origin story, but it isn't. Captain Fantastic follows a man struggling to raise his children after his wife dies. Worse yet he and the kids need to learn how to reintegrate -or integrate for the first time- into society after living off the land in the wilderness for decades. He's prepared the children for life outdoors and given them intellectual books to feed their growing minds, but they simply don't have the tools to survive in modern society. So far the film has received generally favorable reviews so far.


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Cell

Directed by: Tod Williams
Runtime: 1hr, 38mins
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

John Cusack is one of several talented actors who seems to be in a rut making bad indie action thrillers that find a very small audience at best and get negative reviews by critics. His latest is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel Cell. It involves our fear of the modern technology we all rely on, on a daily basis being turned against us. However it looks like a boring, apocalyptic zombie movie with bad special effects. The fact that it isn't opening in wide release and has been universally panned by critics doesn't give it much hope of success.


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