Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Opening This Week - October 14

Wide Releases:


The Accountant

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
Runtime: 2hrs, 8mins
Action, Drama

The trailers for this film have effectively built interest without giving away the entire plot. That seems an increasingly rare quality in movie marketing these days. It could be a chance at redemption for Gavin O'Connor after the lackluster Jane Got a Gun from earlier this year. And it could be the best film with Ben Affleck in it this year. But I suppose that depends on how you felt about Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad.





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Max Steel

Directed by: Stewart Hendler
Runtime: 1hr, 32mins
Action, Sci-Fi, Superhero

This one slips in before the much more successful Power Rangers gets its big budget feature film release next spring. Like a lot of similar made for children superhero franchises, Max Steel started with a line of toys, then moved into comic books and an animated televisions series. The problematic thing here, as far as enticing filmgoers less familiar with the franchise, is the fact that the trailer can't mask the numerous cliches this film is built on. It looks like a generic superhero story with a character who never gained the far-reaching fanbase of his many counterparts. That's a tough sell, and its made tougher by the fact that it has had no buzz whatsoever up to this point. It's a superhero film that no one knew was coming until the week it was set to hit theaters. It looks like it cost a pretty penny. Where was the advertising campaign?


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Kevin Hart: What Now?

Directed by: Leslie Small, Tim Story
Runtime: 1hr, 36mins
Standup Comedy



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Limited Releases:


Certain Women

Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
Runtime: 1hr, 47mins
Drama

Kelly Reichardt has established herself as a rare talent in the world of indie filmmaking. Meek's Cutoff (2010) and Night Moves (2013) were both frequently mentioned on critics top ten lists the years they came out. It's still early, but it's sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. So I imagine this one will find its way onto some top ten lists as well. The notable cast includes Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, and Kristen Stewart. I might need to play some catchup with Reichardt's films.



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Christine

Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
Runtime: 1hr, 55mins
Drama



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Coming Through the Rye

Directed by: James Steven Sadwith
Runtime: 1hr, 35mins
Drama



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Desierto

Directed by: Jonás Cuarón
Runtime: 1hr, 34mins
Thriller

Desierto looks to be a tense thriller with two talented leads in Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Jonás Cuarón, son of Alfonso Cuarón and co-writer of Gravity, wrote and directed this border patrol thriller that Jeffrey Dean Morgan likened to Steven Spielberg's 1971 film Duel. However it has been getting mixed reviews, some of which point out the one-sidedness of its political point of view. Yet if I'm being optimistic the game of cat and mouse here could be edge of your seat entertainment.


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Miss Hokusai

Directed by: Keiichi Hara
Runtime: 1hr, 33mins
Animation, Biography, Drama

The trailer for Miss Hokusai makes me miss Hayao Miyazaki. However it does look like its own beautiful piece of artfully crafted cinema made to honor Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.



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Priceless

Directed by: Ben Smallbone
Runtime: 1hr, 37mins
Drama, Suspense, Thriller



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