A brand new weekend of movies sees the surprise, hardly hyped release by producer J.J. Abrams 10 Cloverfield Lane. A sequel-ish movie to the 2008 found-footage hit Cloverfield, the movie has a great trailer and equally great premise. But, make sure to check out the rest of our theater preview and let us know what you are excited to see this weekend! Lots of great things to see in the theaters!
Opening In Wide Release
While the follow-up to 2008’s Cloverfield is not directed by Abrams, it is produced by his company, Bad Robot, and is clearly being billed as from J.J. Abrams; the same way Spielberg was often attached to projects he merely produced as a part of Amblin Entertainment. Abrams has had little to do with either movie from a direction standpoint, but the previous movie, written by Drew Goddard and directed by Matt Reeves, had Abrams’ influence all over it. I expect this movie to have much of the same thing.
Starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr., the movie takes place at an undisclosed time period and in an underground bunker where the three of them hide from some sort of chemical threat. The movie is clearly about Winstead’s character wanting out and Goodman’s character wanting them to never leave out of fear. What happens next is cleverly veiled from us, but it certainly has me excited! Make sure to check out this one this weekend!
Based on the novel by Anne Rice, let’s just say I am highly skeptical of this movie. I don’t mean solely fo the premise of addressing a time of Jesus’ life we know almost nothing about that can go off the rails real quick. It bothers me young Jesus is white and has an English accent. In this day in age, it can’t be that hard to try and nail down a young, Mediterranean actor to play a young Jesus. Sheesh.
The movie itself is based on the 2005 New York Times Book of the Year, Christ Our Lord: Our of Egypt, which is not actually that terrible of a book. Rice is a talented writer and he return to the Catholic Church was a big deal in the late 90’s early 2000’s. It’s been a long-time coming for this movie to come out, but it remains to be seen if it can overcome my and others people’s concern about a white cast. Hopefully, it can overcome it.
So you thought Deadpool was a crude movie? Well, may I introduce to you Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest movie, The Brothers Grimsby. Cohen has always been known for pushing the bounds, but this might be far beyond anything I have ever heard of. Our very own Blaine Grimes got to see an early screening and said Deadpool had nothing on this movie.
However, even though it is clearly looking to push the bounds and offend people, it will not get the same backlash as Deadpool. Funny, right? When it is Cohen, we all know what we are getting. When it is a superhero, we caution everyone. Go figure…
Opening In Limited Release
The winner of the audience award at SXSW, Michael Showalter’s new movie starring Sally Field looks to be charming and funny. I’ve liked the majority of Showalter’s work, and it is really nice to see his latest movie getting positive buzz. Clearly, the best part of this movie is Field, and the early critical reviews have glowed about her performance and likability in this movie. The story itself is about a woman in her 60’s who, after being inspired by a self-help seminar, decides to pursue a much younger co-worker. The movie is a comedic look at our culture’s ageism, as well as commentary on loneliness and isolation that can accompany getting older
The story itself is about a woman in her 60’s who, after being inspired by a self-help seminar, decides to pursue a much younger co-worker. The movie is a comedic look at our culture’s ageism, as well as commentary on loneliness and isolation that can accompany getting older. If this interests you or you just really like The Flying Nun, then you should check out this movie.
The 1994 movie directed by Kelly Reichardt is being re-released in theaters after seeing a restoration completed recently. Also, it is being shown in theaters in anticipation of Reichardt’s latest movie, Certain Women, starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern. Reichardt’s debut is considered one of her finer works, and it will be exciting for some who live in select cities to see her fantastic movie. A movie often likened to Thelma and Louise, but of an independent spirit, Reichardt’s debut movie is a great movie few have seen. I am incredibly jealous of any of you who have this coming to your area.