Hello there in the real world! I’m so thrilled you’re reading this I’m not even gonna hide it. You’re here! That’s all that matters. That’s all I live for. Yeah I’m being shameless, but I don’t care… you’re worth it. Now let’s see what’s new in theaters!
LIVE BY NIGHT
Calling all Baffleck fans! Do you like looking at him? The pretty face, that nice bod? Well the theater’s definitely calling your name this weekend. You can see Ben in his fave role, that of the reluctant hero, this one allegiant only to his tommy gun. In this gangster movie set in the 1920’s, Ben plays Joe Coughlin, who grows up in Boston (father played by Brendan Gleeson), suffers through WW1, and then goes to America’s basement to establish a Prohibition empire. Since it’s the 20’s, expect lots of racism, the KKK, and other such lovely issues. Lots going on in this flick. Maybe even too much. There’s also the sheriff (Chris Cooper) and his daughter (Elle Fanning) to contend with. Eye candy is provided courtesy of Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana. But one thing’s for sure: Ben makes sure he’s the star of this flick. He sure loves that camera! Take that any way you want. And in all fairness, the camera doth love him. And now for the crux: is this worth your money? Well, let me ask you again: do you love Ben or not? Because it’s all about Ben. Here’s the trailer to help you decide:
He’s the source of all evil since the beginning of time. Nope, not Satan, the Buh Bye Man. This is your standard paranormal/ horror flick, and it may be best reserved for streaming. I know I sound harsh, but you’re here so you don’t throw money away, so…
Three hipsters (Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas, Lucien Laviscount) move into a house with a tainted past. The only clue to its evil past is what’s etched into the old furniture still there from the 1960’s. And when the girl starts to see the Buh-Bye man (Doug Bradley) hanging out with his dog and looking mysterious, you know it’s time for things to fall apart. One big problem with the flick is its predictability. It’s true that we know all these stories: the way to our hearts is through a unique perspective. And that the director does not deliver. The other problem is that there is no mythology whatsoever to the poorly-defined villain… which makes this flick forgettable. The real surprise is how they got Carrie Ann Moss and Faye Dunaway to star. Easy paycheck? Although, it couldn’t have been that big. Here’s the trailer:
Should Baran Bo Odar have made this? You tell me—but then you’d’ve wasted your cash on this sad remake of the amazing French version SLEEPLESS NIGHT. The setting is Vegas, and Vincent Downs (Foxx) and sidekick (rapper T.I.) are two cops who steal a cocaine cache belonging to a hotel owner, who owes the son of a drug lord. That’s not the only challenge Vincent has: his son’s been kidnapped, and he’s trying to tune out the two crazy women in his life—his ex-wife (Gabrielle Union) and the internal affairs pain (Michelle Monaghan). The action eventually converges at the ‘Luxus’ casino. Grim, goofy, quirky, nourish, gritty, whatever—the director needs to pick a theme and stick to it. Odar obviously could not decide. One more thing: casting. Foxx is a fine actor, but someone with the Bruce Willis brand of crazy would’ve given the role the sort of angst-ridden insanity that it so desperately needs. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me! Adios, and tweet me, tell me if you saw anything you liked!