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
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.
“Homily” – a short lesson or sermon. That’s the word that knocked me out of the fricking Scripps Howard Spelling Bee when I was in middle school and freaking Lisa Dodda got to go to DC for the national. Now she’s probably a doctor or a lawyer or CIA assassin….something cool. I’m writing a blog about a movie about spelling bees. Oh, right, yes, the movie. Sorry, got off on a tangent there for a second.
Starring and Directed by Jason Bateman, Bad Words is the story of a 40-year old man who, through a loophole in the rules, enters a spelling bee against kids 30 years his junior. As to why, that’s the payoff and it’s pretty good. Bateman’s character is a spelling bee’s worst nightmare. He’s foul, acerbic, plays dirty and can spell like he’s reading the dictionary. Bateman delivers a good performance, proving again his talent for comedic excellence. Also great was Rohan Chad as Bateman’s nemesis/new best friend.
As a former victim, I mean contestant, of the spelling bee machine, I appreciated it a lot more than I think most would. The humor falls flat some of the time and even at a brisk 90 minutes it feels padded. But if you liked Arrested Development or suffer from childhood spelling bee traumatic syndrome (CSBTS), you’ll probably have fun with this rental.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a two-hour movie based on a James Thurber short story that it takes about eight minutes to read aloud. In adapting children’s books and other pieces where there is so little material to adapt faithfully…has it ever worked? I’m seriously asking to be reminded of an example. Mitty is a wonderful story about a man who drifts off into daydreams of adventure while going through a day’s worth of mundane errands. Danny Kaye made it into a feature in the 1950’s and now Ben Stiller both directs and stars in this modern adaptation. Continue reading Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)