In Theaters This Week (7/29/2016) – Jason Bourne, Bad Moms, Nerve

Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  July 29th brings three distinctly different films to challenge the crew of the Enterprise.  Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne in the self-titled fifth installment in the Bourne Saga.  Moms everywhere get their own Hangover as Bad Moms with Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell opens. The weekend’s other opener, Nerve, stars Emma Roberts in a thriller aimed primarily at teens. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/29/2016) – Jason Bourne, Bad Moms, Nerve

Trailer Time: The Great Wall Teaser #1 (2017) *What IS This?*

What….is….this?  Matt Damon is not an action star, that’s one of the things that makes the Bourne movies work is that he looks like he could be a data analyst from Iowa.  For awhile, I thought the trailer was a gag leading up to a poke at Donald Trump’s proposed wall for the Mexican border, then I realized it was a real movie and spent the rest of the time just kind of staring at it, mouth agape.  The teaser was just released and EW has released five pictures from the film for its upcoming issue.

The Great Wall

“The film takes place about 1,000 years ago. At its core, it is a period piece and an action film. The fantasy element does play a major role because of the monsters. But, what makes our film unique is that these are ancient Chinese monsters. Even though it’s a fantasy movie, we filmed it in a very realistic way. We want it to feel like the events actually happened. Other than the monster, all aspects of this film are backed by either scientific or historical research.”

The Great Wall is scheduled for a February 17, 2017 release.  That puts it head-to-head with The Dark Tower adaptation.  I’m just going out on a limb and saying I’m probably going to go see that instead.
The Great Wall

Movie Review: Eddie the Eagle (2016) *Worst Olympian Ever is Still an Olympian*

Eddie Edwards, Taron Egerton, Eddie The Eagle
The 2016 Summer Olympics will begin a week from tomorrow in Rio.  Those games will undoubtedly be the swansong of the greatest Olympian (in terms of medals won) of all-time: Michael Phelps.  If you were to try to find his polar opposite in the annals of Olympic lore, a very good case could be made for British ski jumper Eddie Edwards.  The 1988 Winter Olympics were a strange games, producing the infamous Jamaican bobsled team (for which there is a great movie in Cool Runnings) and Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards.  The ski jumper became a polarizing figure in 1988 when only after a brief time in the sport, he slipped through some rule oversights not corrected in half a century and onto the British Olympic Team.  He finished last (spoiler), but I’m not sure anyone has ever been happier to be an Olympian or more embodied the determination to push yourself to your personal best than Edwards.  He now has his own film to complete the Calgary Olympics Weird Stories Boxset with Eddie the Eagle. Continue reading Movie Review: Eddie the Eagle (2016) *Worst Olympian Ever is Still an Olympian*