Hello everyone! How are things? Did you have some pumpkin spice coffee yet? I haven’t (you probably couldn’t even force-feed me that), but I did finally use the can of pumpkin puree from last year to make muffins (they came out great. Yeah preservatives! Alright 😊). Anyhow… let’s see what’s new and happening in theaters this weekend!
This is a run-of-the-mill horror flick about a newly minted RN (Elizabeth Lail) who has an app on her phone telling her she’s about to die within days, and the silliness that ensues subsequently. There are a few good scares, but it’s mostly ho-hum if you’re a veteran horror fan. But, I will add that Lail and Jordan Calloway give very good performances—so they’re probably headed for lucrative careers in film. Here’s the trailer:
BLACK AND BLUE
The trailer looks amazing for this flick about cops hunting other cops for incriminating body cams. Sure it’s predictable, cliched and superficial, but it has enough suspense and fun car chases to get your blood pumping. Naomie Harris stars as a cop who accidentally witnesses the execution of a drug peddler and subsequently becomes the target of corrupt cops (Frank Grillo) as well as drug lords (Mike Colter). Naturally no one wants to help her, least of all her estranged friends (Tyrese Gibson, Nafessa Wms.) I say it’s worth the trip to the theater. After all, excitement like this is best viewed on a big screen with a whole bunch of strangers 😊 See the trailer here:
Emma Roberts stars in this futuristic thriller about rebellious, rich young women who get their attitudes forcibly adjusted in a ‘recovery facility’ / boarding school headed by ‘the Duchess (Milla Jovovich).’ In the story, Uma (Roberts), after refusing to marry Son (Arnaud Valois), suddenly finds herself ensconced in a place called Paradise Hills. Other residents include Yu (Awkwafina), Chloe (Danielle McDonald) and Amarna (Eiza Gonzalez). The movie tries to show how ridiculous gender roles for women have been for a long time. Unfortunately, characters are poorly developed and there’s no real sense of urgency – without which, the film fails to grab one’s attention. What’s nice about it? The set design. It’s seriously over the top, as are the costumes. And, it’s nice that these princesses don’t need a prince to help them escape. Here’s the trailer:
THE CURRENT WAR
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, this is about the electrification of the US in the 1880’s. Edison believed direct current (DC) was the way to go, while (the far more classy) George Westinghouse (played by Michael Shannon) saw the advantage of using alternating current (AC). After the latter’s attempts at an alliance failed, Edison went on the warpath, launching a smear campaign. He even electrocuted animals (including an elephant) to convince the public DC was better than AC . He was a consummate a*hole who stole inventions and patented them as his own. Eventually, all his efforts failed, and the use of AC rose.
Unfortunately, the film (also starring Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla) obfuscates the fact that the crux of the issue here is capitalism. The ending feels quite anticlimactic. The movie also tries to do too much, and consequently feels dull and clunky. See the trailer here:
And that’s it for me. Will I see some of you at the theater? But do come back here, same time next weekend, for Terminator: Dark Fate!