Not sure what to see at the movies this weekend? Don’t panic! Geetha to the rescue with another exciting movie lineup. We have some great ones now playing: The Clouds of Sils Maria, Ex-Machina, and The Sisterhood of Night. Be sure to follow Geetha on Twitter here and read on!
THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
If there’s one flick you should see this weekend, it’s THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. Yes, I want you to see this, even at the expense of my usual sci-fi faves (in this case, EX-MACHINA). Why? One, it stars the talented French actress Juliette Binoche, who’s accomplished at conveying deep emotion onscreen with a mere look —- something that doesn’t come easily to a lot of actors.
I’ll never forget her in DAMAGE, where she starred alongside the equally talented Jeremy Irons. In SILS MARIA, she stars with — my second reason for you to see this — Kristin Stewart. I know Stewart has gotten a lot of flack regarding her acting abilities, but this movie should crush those opinions. Binoche plays Maria Enders, an aging actress trying to stay relevant in an industry indifferent to her struggles, and Stewart is Valentine, her personal assistant.
When Enders is offered a role in the reboot of the play that launched her career a couple of decades ago, she accepts it, and goes to the Alps with Valentine to rehearse. Stewart is excellent as a bespectacled young woman struggling with her own self-doubt, while attempting to defend the ideas of a younger generation against Enders’ rejection of the same. The way in which Binoche slips between characters -— utter self-confidence, and then deep unease — as she recites her lines is the sort of thing a true movie lover will relish. Chloe Moretz also stars as an upcoming headliner, whose star power Enders must confront and ultimately come to terms with, just as others gave way to her in her heyday.
Doesn’t life just suck? View the trailer here:
Another attractive option for this weekend is EX-MACHINA, a sweet little science fiction trip for those of you who want something otherworldly to rock your weekend. It’s a great commentary on a well-explored topic — that of the sentient android. Nathan (Oscar Isaac) is a billionaire genius and creator of the beautiful, graceful Ava (Alice Vikander).
One day, he launches a competition in his tech company Bluebook, and invites the winner -— a geek named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) — over to his mansion. Caleb is out of his depth in his powerful and arrogant employer’s palatial residence — until Ava appears. He’s told that he has to determine if she can pass the Turing test (can a machine’s behavior allow it to pass for a human?). The real question the films asks is whether Ava can pass for human despite being so obviously not (you can see her mechanical innards).
Will Caleb fall for her? And will she be able to respond in kind? The idea is very old, but the manner in which it’s approached here will seduce any science fiction fan. And, you’ll be quite surprised by the real star of the flick.
Check out the trailer:
THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT
The other noteworthy movie opening this weekend is THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT. It may look like just another teen supernatural drama, but it’s really well-portrayed, and the acting is quite engaging. Three young teenagers (played by Georgie Henley, Willa Cuthrell, Olivia LaJonge) with family problems form a friendship, and meet late at night in the woods. Soon, social media accusations are flying wild and thick about the trio being… lesbians, witches, Satanic, you name it. As the frenzy intensifies and begins to include parents and local authorities, a tragedy brews. View the trailer here:
Thanks for reading! And here’s hoping it helped you make a wise choice for your hard-earned dollars.