In Theaters This Week (7/28/2017): Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, An Inconvenient Sequel

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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 28th begins a two-month period of uncertainty at the box office before the fall heavyweights check in, so we have three very different options: hyper-action, eco documentary, or animated film about poop emojis (I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to….or had sunk that low). Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/28/2017): Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, An Inconvenient Sequel

LBJ Trailer #1 (2017) *Woody Harrelson in a Powerful Presidential Biopic*

There was a time when Rob Reiner was, hands-down, one of the five best directors working in Hollywood.  From the mid-80s to the mid-90s, Reiner helmed some of the best movies I’ve ever seen, including The Princess Bride, Stand by Me, The American President, and A Few Good Men.  Then he disappeared from the ranks of Hollywood’s top directors.  LBJ looks like he’s back on his game, and it also looks like a perfect role for one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors: Woody Harrelson.  You need a LOT of personality to begin to be able to capture who Lyndon Johnson was.  He was a complex, contrary, outrageous lion of a man.  The film looks to focus on his finest hour, which was the continuation of the work begun by Kennedy on the Civil Rights Bill after JFK was assassinated.  Even with Johnson’s swing (and few have ever walked through Congress with more), shoving that bill through was a monumental achievement.  That Harrelson, who is coming off his best comedic role since Cheers in last year’s Edge of Seventeen, and the psychotic Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes, to slip into the skin of this giant of a man, shows his astounding range.  I’m really rooting for this when it opens November 3, 2017. Continue reading LBJ Trailer #1 (2017) *Woody Harrelson in a Powerful Presidential Biopic*

Suburbicon Trailer #1 (2017) *The Coens, Clooney and Damon at it Again*

Suburbicon looks like classic Coen Brothers fare in which a small, seemingly insignificant event spins an entire town out of control, testing what people are really capably when pushed to the breaking point and adding in a good dollop of absolute absurdity (the last shot in the trailer with Damon peddling away on his son’s bike is awesome lol).  The summary below from Coming Soon encapsulates the entirety of the the Coen library in one phrase: “very flawed people making extremely bad choices”.  Directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore, Suburbicon will open October 27, 2017.
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