Hey there, folks! I hope you’re having a splendid week. Summer’s great, as always… I guess. There’s been so much drama, I’ve decided to just not remember it 🙂 After all, the most important thing to me is what’s playing at the theater this weekend. So let’s get to it!
Three sixth-graders (Jacob Tremblay, Keith Williams, Brady Noon) are invited to a party thrown by the coolest kid in their class. Their concern: they have no idea how to kiss. As you can imagine, the movie’s loaded with jokes about frat boys, porn and such. And that’s great, but I think you may eventually tire of them, because there’s zero emotional depth—the filmmakers have sacrificed it to make room for jokes. Check out the trailer:
A horror movie with a great beginning, and then… nothing. You’ll love the mood, tension and scenery in this Gothic horror story set in mid 19th-century-northern Ireland, about a mother (Maxine Peake), who, along with the help of her teenage daughters (Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Jodie Innes), is trying to keep her family land out of the clutches of ruthless debtors. But is the antagonist simply greed? Or is it a demon? Or… what? There are some wonderful set-ups in the beginning that never pay off, which is unfortunate, because this could’ve been a really satisfying horror flick.
47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED
A story about three young women conducting underwater research on sharks. Yeah… you can pretty much guess the outcome. The problems are contrived and the protagonists reckless – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Whatever. I just wish films such as these would stop portraying sharks as illogically aggressive. I mean, make the humans as stupid as possible, sure. But sharks are in fact incredibly sophisticated creatures. For animals that have small brains, they’re pretty smart, and it’s annoying to see them portrayed as having the same level of illogical hostility humans abundantly display. Then again, this is just a cheesy B. Enjoy!
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE?
Starring the immensely talented Cate Blanchett as the spunky, vitriolic, lively Bernadette Fox, this is about an architect who puts her career on hold for her child, and the fallout from that decision. Seriously – if your career gives you a lot of pleasure, putting it aside is never a good idea. Giving up something that closely tied to your heart will lead to resentment, and it will come out whether you like it or not. That’s just common sense, folks. Anyhow, after the child, Bernadette and her husband (Billy Crudup) move to Seattle. Now in a career-less rut, Bernadette becomes a nut, spewing hatred at eccentricities unique to Seattle culture, and one day, she outright vanishes. It’s certainly a star-studded project, with names like Kristen Wiig, Lawrence Fishburne and Judy Greer among others. But is it worth the buzz? You tell me. Here’s the trailer:
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
This is a story of self-discovery of a young man of Indian descent living in the UK. It’s a fact children of immigrants frequently find themselves between two worlds—that of their parents, and the one they were born into. This one details the various struggles due to racism as well. Set in 1987 Britain, it features Vivek Kalra as Javed, a young Indian teenager at odds with his father (Kulvinder Ghir). A random encounter with a Bruce Springsteen fan introduces him to the music, and hence to a new world. It’s not a unique concept as far as movies go, but the acting is spot-on and the chemistry between the leads is fantastic. The complexities of a teenager’s life are also shown, adding to the film’s emotional depth. Music fans will also enjoy the great renditions of The Boss’s songs.
Sorry… you won’t get to see this terrifying thriller about regular folks like us being kidnapped and used as prey in rich people’s (Hillary Swank) hunting games. And it’s not because of some tweet from our great leader, although it may seem that way. I think Universal simply did not want to pay for the theatrical release, and latched onto the tweet as an excuse (it would cost way too much to show the movie in theaters when (they think) tickets won’t sell). I know it seems way too simple a reason. But get back to me after you take a look inside the movie biz 🙂 It’s unfortunate, because this movie is brilliantly acted, and the plot is off-the-hook amazing in its elegance and simplicity. Not to mention, the action is spectacular and so real! Here’s the trailer:
Alrighty then! That’s it for this weekend. Phew! You’ve got a lot of choices… well, sorta. Let me know how it goes!