Here comes the sun! Yes. And not a moment too soon, because I was getting so sick of the rain. Yeah, yeah, I know April showers bring flowers. But they also bring bad drivers. So there. Now let’s see what’s in theaters this weekend—is there anything worth that cash you had to kiss a** to earn?
There are a couple of important lessons to learn with THE CIRCLE. One, cover that webcam. Two, muffle that cellphone or put it somewhere where it cannot hear a thing. You’re not paranoid: they are watching you. Who’s they? It could be anyone, especially with our new president’s fascinating bent. But I’m sure you already knew all this, as smart as you folks are. So THE CIRCLE doesn’t introduce you to any new ideas. And that would’ve been okay, if the script was exciting.
Mae (Emma Stone) gets a plum job at a tech company like Facebook, drinks the Koolaid, rises through the ranks… and then discovers just how fun Big Brother can be. You get to see what an Apple campus and the cult of Steve Jobs looks like via the corporate rallies and life on campus. All quite lovely. But as the flick progresses, you may find your attention wandering. There’s just no sense of danger. For one thing, Tom Hanks as the evil CEO—seriously? He’s like a favorite uncle. Then, there are no real stakes. And finally, it’s hard to believe all these intelligent millennials working at that campus are that dumb when it comes to their privacy. It’s unfortunate, because the cast is quite nice: John Boyega (Star Wars), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) and more. Here’s the trailer:
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Honestly, this corny comedy is a far better choice than the above—it stars Eugenio Derbez as an aging Spanish gigolo trying to get back into his game. His dream of living on older women’s money goes well until his eighty-year-old wife dumps him for a younger man. Soon he’s living with his sister and her kid (Raphael Alejandro) in a cramped little apartment. When another prospect comes along—the kid’s classmate’s grandma Celeste (Raquel Welch)—Maximo rises to the occasion… only to find something he’s never dealt with before: real love. It’s totally predictable, but the comedy works well, especially since we’re talking talents like Salma Hayek, Raquel Welch, and Rob Lowe. Check out the trailer here:
And those are the significant new flicks opening this weekend. Tell me what you think. If neither of these works for you, the sun’s out, so enjoy!