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. February 3rd is Super Bowl weekend and studios tend to give America’s biggest television event of the year a wide berth, so there are only two new releases. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/3/2017): Rings, The Space Between Us
Eddie Murphy has to be one of the most frustrating talents in modern Hollywood history. Exploding into national prominence while still in his late teens on SNL and through his incendiary stand-up, he initially made some of the best comedies in recent decades with Trading Places, Coming to the USA, etc. Then his career fell off the shelf until he resurrected it with The Nutty Professor. Then it didn’t take too long before his career fell off a second shelf of amazingly bad films. Then it seemed like he was going to reinvent himself as a dramatic actor, earning an Oscar nomination for his role in Dreamgirls, but that never seemed to pan out, and the actor faded from prominence. Mr. Church looks like it might be a little treacly, but it looks LOADS better than anything Murphy has put forward in years. During the trainwreck that was Tomorrowland, I kept thinking how likable and talented Britt Robertson was (and you really had to try to keep that opinion going as things ate their own tail in that film). I’m glad she’s getting another vehicle, and we’ll see if this is as promising as it looks when Mr. Church opens September 16, 2016.
I’m sorry, that’s too easy a shot, but I’m not going to pull punches: this is a hot pot of mess. The warning signs were there. Production delays; release date kicked back six months; so-so trailers and no clear indication what the movie was really about, but it was Brad Bird! Iron Giant! Incredibles! Mission Impossible 4! He was going to pull it out! I’m sorry. I really wanted to like this and I still love Brad Bird, but this is a disaster and he co-wrote and directed it so there’s nowhere else to lay blame. This is Brad Bird’s first bad film. Continue reading Movie Review: Tomorrowland (2015) *Brad Bird Lays An Egg*
Today we get another look at Brad Bird’s second live-action film: the mysterious Tomorrowland. The film, which has been shrouded in secrecy since its announcement stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie. It will open in theaters May 22, 2015. What is it about exactly? Well you’ll have to watch the trailer, won’t you? Don’t make me do all the work, people.