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. Nobody likes to compete with the Super Bowl, so there is only one wide release hitting theaters this weekend. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/2/2018): Winchester
After Kathryn Bigelow gets Detroit out this week, following The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, the woman really needs to mellow out and make a movie about animated ducks or something. She is possibly the most INTENSE director about unflinchingly taking on controversial, contemporary issues working today, and my first sentence was flippant, because we need someone doing that. Hollywood doesn’t really finance many message pictures anymore, any issue pictures, and that’s what Bigelow brings to the table.
Zero Dark Thirty is a controversial movie for a lot of reasons, not the least of which the graphic torture depicted (which happened), but also because it was made so soon after the killing of Osama bin Laden. The “War of Terror” is so frustrating because it isn’t traditional warfare. Our enemies don’t wear uniforms, adhere to a country, or even a single doctrine. It’s more a war against a sick madness and how do you fight that? The hunt for bin Laden was so important to Americans because he was the face. He was the uniform, the symbol, the figurehead. There are a lot of powerful scenes in the film but I like this meeting at the beginning with Mark Strong (tremendously underrated actor) painting the picture of frustration of the American people that this man had eluded the largest manhunt in history for a decade and sets the stage for everything to come.
You have to be a little nuts to want to climb Mt. Everest. It’s a good kind of nuts; the kind that’s sent people to the moon and the bottom of the ocean, but it’s still nuts. I don’t think that mindset of the climbers and of the hardships involved in actually following in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and summitting Everest have ever been better captured than in the self-titled film. However, if you go past the surface of the film, there are problems, the depth of which really depends on what you want or are expecting the film to deliver. Continue reading Movie Review: Everest (2015) *Towering Adventure Still Runs A Bit Shallow*
Disaster. That’s what I was expecting when I went to see Terminator: Genisys tonight. The critical reviews were so low that I walked into this thinking that somehow it was going to be worse than Terminator: Salvation, which I didn’t think was possible for a movie in this franchise. Rotten Tomatoes currently has the film at 26%. That’s Adam Sandler movie territory (and roughly what I expect Pixels to get when it comes out). Well, you know what? Walking out of T5, the two things I’m maddest at are the critics that make up Rotten Tomatoes ever-increasing unreliability and the unbelievable meathead who put together the movie’s trailers. This is not a disaster. This is a TERMINATOR MOVIE! Like I said, I like T3, but this makes the most sense as a direct sequel to Jim Cameron’s first two films in the franchise and it is a more than worthy entry. Continue reading Movie Review: Terminator Genisys (2015) *Not the Apocalypse You Were Expecting*