Hey all you wonderful people out there! I trust everyone’s enjoying their weekend… being scared to death? No, I’m not talking about some conspiracy theory—although there are plenty floating around to choose from 🙂 I’m referring to something far more important: the new arrivals at the theater! Let’s examine them.
Anyone wanting a beautifully shot, well-acted sci-fi thriller will enjoy this. Directed by the maker of the amazing EX MACHINA, it stars a mostly female cast, the headliner being Natalie Portman as a biologist named Lena trying to determine what happened to her husband (Oscar Isaac) who died shortly being deployed to an area restricted by the government. Set in the Florida wilds, looking like a giant bubble, it houses… something. Everything about this flick is perfect—the pace, the tension, the action—except for the reveal. You’ll end up saying exactly what Lena says a lot: “I dunno.” I must add that it may annoy the h*** out of people looking for something more concrete and substantial, which is what this flick poses as. You may also find little emotional connection to the heroine, and the supporting characters are too poorly sketched out to even care about. Ex Machina blew me away with its substance. This one, I went in, and found… nothing… only what I took with me… 🙂 Still, there are worse ways to spend 1.5 hours. Here’s the trailer:
A YA fantasy about a soul that inhabits a different person every day. ‘A’ is that soul, and in the beginning it inhabits the body of Justin (Justice Smith), your average high school football star/ jerk. As time goes on, ‘A’ and Justin’s girl Rhiannon (Angourice Rice) fall in love, and despite the fact that ‘A’ is in a different body every day, they try to maintain their fragile relationship. There are several intense angles this flick could have taken: the metaphysical aspects of the soul; the qualities of love; that love does indeed transcend all forms of existence; the sci-fi aspect of body swapping; yes, I could go on forever with all the delicious, mind-boggling mysteries of existence the directors could’ve explored. But really, all this flick is about is two cute young people in love. Awww… it’s so sweet! Also starring Maria Bello. Here’s the trailer:
This is the one I’d choose to spend my $ on this weekend (see? I may be a sci-fi fan, but I’m very careful with your money). Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are delightful in this spoof of slick crime thrillers. They’re your average next door couple Max and Annie, with average problems… such as the failure to conceive. As the possibility of Max’s inadequacies pops up, so does his smart, super successful elder brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler)—literally. He shows up in town and is such a hit at Max’s game night, he invites Max/ Annie and friends (Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Billy Magnussen) over to game night at his super posh place. The game? A murder-mystery in which he is the supposed victim. The problem? The subsequent kidnapping is real, but the company is clueless. Also starring Jesse Plemons, it’s not the sort of flick you’ll be talking about weeks from now, but you’ll have a darn good time watching it. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me! See y’all at the theater!