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. August is a time where you hope a movie comes along and becomes a critical surprise, and we have that this weekend in addition to the usual August dumping ground material.
Continue reading In Theaters This Week (8/18/2017): Logan Lucky, The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Steven Soderbergh used to be one of the most interesting directors in Hollywood, producing thought-provoking, big dramas like Traffic or Syriana to turning that same style on its head for fun and mayhem in the Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Lately though, the same skill that once had him weaving huge casts and multiple plot threads together to perfect cohesion has fallen flat. Soderbergh has, on multiple occasions, said he’s retiring from directing following either a disappointment or an effort by a contemporary that he’s said makes his work seem inferior. So that all being said, guess who has a new movie opening on August 17th?
Logan Lucky is about a group of misfits attempting to pull off a heist during the middle of a NASCAR race. Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, and Daniel Craig, it definitely seems to be channeling the Ocean’s spirit. After SPECTRE, Craig has some making up to do to me (yes, personally) and really all he needs to do…is just be whatever the heck this character in the trailer is for two hours and I’ll be happy.
In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
It’s a cryptic plot summary, but those who know Tarantino know it’s going to get a whole lot more complicated…..and then a lot of people will get shot. This is Tarantino’s second Western in a row. I thought Django Unchained was a brilliant nod to past spaghetti Westerns with unbelievable performances from Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.
I also thought the last half-hour of the film went totally off the rails and the climactic shoot-out was so over-the -top as to be almost laughable. However, the film did continue to show a progression in maturity in Tarantino’s writing, something that’s continued to improve as he’s aged. The Hateful Eight has a fantastic cast and will be sure to figure into Oscar talk when it debuts on Christmas Day 2015 (this would be a very weird Christmas choice).
is an extremely cool movie layered on top of a bad one. I have never been so entertained by a movie this flawed. I don’t mean I enjoyed its awfulness, like Plan 9 From Outer Space
. I mean I actually found it enjoyable.The question is, do you want to shell out money to see it, particularly in IMAX 3D?
Continue reading Movie Review: Jupiter Ascending (2015) *A Reasonable Critic Review*
22 Jump Street was just as surprisingly as much fun as 21 Jump Street and 23 Jump Street is going forward (announced just today). How that jives with the end of the film, which flashes through every possible Jump Street scenario possible, who knows? As long as Phil Lord and Chris Miller are involved, the stupid awesomeness will continue. 22 Jump Street hits stores on DVD and Blu Ray on November 18, 2014. Full details on special features below: Continue reading 22 Jump Street Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details