Well, its about time! Yes, about time I’m back, and about time that some worthwhile films are finally hitting theaters. Also, with SAG ballots getting sent out next week, we’re about to get into award season, and we can’t miss that. Beginning now, you’ll be seeing a regular posting schedule here each week. Each Monday you’ll be reading a new movie review, and each Friday you’ll be reading a new TWIC (This Weekend in Cinema). The days in between will feature an eclectic mix of opinion, creative ideas, reviews of other media, and other things. Now, off to the films!

The Blockbuster Report

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Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics).

There are five films on the docket this weekend, and we’ll start off with a MUST SEE film that I’ve been waiting to see for a couple years now. Foxcatcher. Starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum, it tells the real life story of one of the most bizarre murder cases of all time, involving John du Pont (Carell), the eccentric wrestling aficionado, and Olympians Mark and Dave Schultz (Tatum and Ruffalo). This is my Film to Catch this week. Its in limited release though, so find it where you can.

Of course, the atrocity that is Dumb and Dumber To is also in theaters this weekend. Don’t go anywhere near it. Other films released this weekend are Rosewater (directed by Jon Stewart), which is similar to Argo in theory, but not nearly as good, The Homesman, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep, is a solid flick not getting much attention, and Beyond the Lights, an ok movie that has some lessons to teach.

Must See: Foxcatcher

Certainly Worth Your Time: None.

Hmm, OK: Beyond the Lights, The HomesmanRosewater

Stay Away: Dumb and Dumber To

Where do They Come From?

Got some catching up here.

  • A Walk Among the Tombstones: Adaptation of novel of the same name by Lawrence Block.
  • The Maze Runner: Adaptation of the James Dashner novel.
  • This is Where I Leave You: Adaptation of book of the same name by Jonathan Tropper.
  • Tusk: Original
  • The Boxtrolls: Adaptation of “Here Be Monsters!” – novel by Alan Snow
  • The Equalizer: Adaptation of TV series of the same name.
  • Men, Women, and Children: Based on novel by Chad Kultgen
  • Annabelle: Prequel to The Conjuring
  • Gone Girl: Adaptation of novel by Gillian Flynn
  • Left Behind: Adaptation of novel of the same name.
  • The Good Lie: Original by Margaret Nagle
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Adaptation of the book of the same name.
  • Dracula Untold: Adaptation of characters from Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.
  • The Judge: Original by Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque.
  • The Best of Me: Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.
  • The Book of Life: Original by Jorge Gutierrez.
  • Fury: Original by David Ayer.
  • John Wick: Original by Derek Kolstad.
  • Ouija: Original by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White.
  • Nightcrawler: Original by Dan Gilroy.
  • Big Hero 6: Adaptation of the Marvel Comics series.
  • Interstellar: Original by Christopher and Johnathan Nolan.
  • Dumb and Dumber To: Sequel
  • Beyond the Lights: Original by Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Saw: Re-release

Original: 43

Adaptation: 41

Sequel/Prequel: 15

Remake: 1

Re-release: 2

Oscarwatch

These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.

They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.

DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.

1) Boyhood ( – )
2) Whiplash ( – )
3) Birdman ( – )
4) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( – )
5) Nightcrawler ( – )
6) The Lego Movie ( – )
7) Gone Girl ( – )
8) Guardians of the Galaxy ( – )
9) Interstellar (NEW)

The Blockbuster Report

Finally we get to a film that has been on my Watch List for this year. The Drop stars Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini in a crime drama involving local bars and organized crime. This is a film that builds drama though out and lets the audience come along for a twisting ride. Its only in limited release now, but this is a well written film that is worth your time if it is showing near you.

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In wide release, Dolphin Tale 2 is a decent sequel for families that is a wholesome experience, and No Good Deed isn’t a decent film by any stretch of the imagination. The Skeleton Twins, another limited release film, is getting decent reviews and has some decent humor, but really nothing special. Honeymoon is chilling, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain is probably one you’re want to watch, if you like romances that have substance.

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: The DropThe Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Hmm, OK: Honeymoon, Dolphin Tale 2, The Skeleton Twins

Stay Away: No Good Deed

Where do They Come From?

Got some catching up here, again.

  • No Good Deed: Original written by Aimée Lagos
  • Dolphin Tale 2:  Sequel
  • The Identical: Original
  • As Above/So Below: Original
  • The November Man: Adaptation of “There Are No Spies” – novel by Bill Granger

Original: 33

Adaptation: 29

Sequel/Prequel: 13

Remake: 1

Re-release: 1

Oscarwatch

These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.

They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.

DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.

1) Boyhood ( – )
2) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( – )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) Captain America: The Winter Soldier ( – )
5) Guardians of the Galaxy ( – )
6) Rise of the Planet of the Apes ( -1 )
7) Snowpiercer ( +2 )
8) Calvary (NEW)
9) How to Train Your Dragon 2 ( -3 )
10) Blue Ruin ( – )

The Blockbuster Report

Well, here we go again. Two weeks after Guardians of the Galaxy stormed into cinemas and saved the summer from being almost a complete waste, we’re back to underwhelming films. There was so much to look forward to this year, and with the exception of Marvel Studios two blockbusters, the Lego Movie, RoboCop (which was pretty much exactly what I expected), and Godzilla, all of my anticipated films left me disappointed. This week continues that trend. 

I was excited to see The Giver, not so much because of the book, but because it seemed like a decent story and the film stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. But no, it falls flat. Another Expendables film? No good. 

Michael Fassbender is Frank, in Frank.

Michael Fassbender is Frank, in Frank.

On the positive side, if you dig into the limited release films, you’ll find a gem this week. My Film to Catch is Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, about a talented musician who goes through life wearing a paper-mache head for a mask. The Trip to Italy might be ok if you like a film that is almost just comedy routines strung together. And finally, we have…wait for it…SEPTIC MAN! Yes, its a superhero flick, and yes, he does get his powers by…well, you know. Yeah, you don’t want to see this one. 

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: Frank

Meh: The Giver, The Expendables 3, The Trip to Italy

Stay Away: Septic Man

Where do They Come From?

Got some catching up here.

  • The Expendables 3: Sequel
  • The Giver: Adaptation from the novel of the same name by Lois Lowry
  • Let’s Be Cops: Original, written by Luke Greenfield and Nicholas Thomas
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Adaptation of the comic books by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird
  • Step Up – All In: Sequel to Step Up
  • Into the Storm: Original by John Swetnam
  • The 100 Foot Journey: Adaptation of novel by Richard Morais
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Adaptation of the Marvel Comics series
  • Get on Up: Original
  • Hercules: Adaptation of The Thracian Wars mini-series by Radical Comics
  • Lucy: Original, written by Luc Besson
  • And So It Goes: Original, written by Mark Andrus
  • The Purge: Anarchy: Sequel to The Purge
  • Planes – Fire and Rescue: Sequel to Planes
  • Percecuted: Original, written by Daniel Lusko

Original: 30

Adaptation: 28

Sequel/Prequel: 12

Remake: 1

Re-release: 1

Oscarwatch

These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.

They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.

DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.

1) Boyhood ( – )
2) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( – )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) Captain America: The Winter Soldier ( – )
5) Guardians of the Galaxy ( - )
6) Rise of the Planet of the Apes ( -1 )
7) Snowpiercer ( +2 )
8) Calvary (NEW)
9) How to Train Your Dragon 2 ( -3 )
10) Blue Ruin ( – )

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Who would be nominated if the year had ended on June 30th? Let’s find out!

To be clear, I hate it when people predict things on hype alone. I make fun of those people on a regular basis. So let’s be clear, these are not Oscar predictions. It’s a safe bet that we will be hearing some of these names come Oscar time, but this is simply the best of 2014, so far.

For a film to be considered they must meet all Oscar requirements and have been released in January-June of 2014.  This Weekend In Cinema will return next weekend. “Winners” are in bold.

Best Picture

Blue RuinCaptain America: The Winter SoldierChefThe Fault in Our StarsThe Grand Budapest HotelHow to Train Your Dragon 2The Lego MovieSnowpiercer.

Of these, perhaps only Budapest Hotel could stick around and contend, with Lego having an outside shot.

Best Director

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Phil Lord/Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie), David Gordon Green (Joe), Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer), Jon Favreau (Chef)

It’s hard to direct a film. I imagine it is very hard to direct a film about building blocks and make it a must see film.

Best Actor

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Macon Blair (Blue Ruin), Tom Hardy (Locke), Joaquin Phoenix (The Immigrant)

Best Actress

Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars), Marion Cottilard (The Immigrant), Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Angelina Jolie (Maleficent).

This category suffers because I haven’t seen many good films with strong leading ladies so far.

Best Supporting Actor

Gary Poulter (Joe), Ed Harris (Snowpiercer), Bryan Cranston (Godzilla), Jeremy Renner (The Immigrant), Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Best Supporting Actress

Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer), Mia Wasikowska (Only Lovers Left Alive), Scarlett Johanssen (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Amy Hargreaves (Blue Ruin)

Best Original Screenplay

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Blue Ruin, Chef, The Lego Movie, Locke

I think Lego is an original. If it isn’t considered one, then it goes to Budapest.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Joe, Snowpiercer, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, Captain America: Winter Soldier

Best Animated Film

The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, The Nut Job

Best Foreign Film

The BabadookBorgman, We Are The BestIdaDormant Beauty

I’ll admit I’m kinda guessing on the foreign films.

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Well, I’m not going to dive down to the  technical awards (aside from saying “Everything is Awesome” is bound to get a nomination for Best Original Song). This list is going to shake itself up through the next few months, so keep your eyes open.

The Blockbuster Report

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Oh man was this a missed opportunity. With another slate of middling to bad films gracing theaters with their debuts this 4th of July weekend, how did a big studio not get this weekend for a big blockbuster. Tammy is another miss for Melissa McCarthy, which is too bad, because she’s hilarious, and Earth to Echo, which I had tempered hopes for despite the fact it felt like an E.T. ripoff, is just ok, although that’s enough to make it the clear best new film in wide release. Someone could have made a lot of money if they would have snatched this weekend. Perhaps they were scared off by the new Transformers “film” (that’s what Michael Bay calls it).

Oh, I almost forgot. Deliver Us From Evil is also a wide release film, its pretty “meh.”

To make things worse, there’s nothing really in limited release either…yawn.

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: Earth to Echo

Meh: None

Stay Away: Deliver Us From EvilTammy

Where do They Come From?

  • Earth to Echo: Original
  • Deliver Us From Evil: Adaptation from non-fiction book Beware the Night
  • Tammy: Original

Original: 23

Adaptation: 23

Sequel/Prequel: 8

Remake: 1

Re-release: 1

Oscarwatch

These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.

They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.

DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.

1) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( - )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) How to Train Your Dragon 2 ( – )
5) Blue Ruin ( +1 )
6) Edge of Tomorrow ( -1 )
7) The Fault in Our Stars ( -3 )
8) X-Men: Days of Future Past ( +1 )
9) Snowpiercer (NEW)
10) Chef ( -1 )

The Blockbuster Report

While the wide release films continue to disappoint, limited release films continue to impress. That’s quickly becoming the theme of the summer. Aside from The Fault in Our StarsEdge of Tomorrow, and maybe Godzilla and How to Train Your Dragon 2, we’ve had quite a bit of being underwhelmed.  This weekend continues that trend, which shouldn’t surprise too many people, considering the big film of the weekend is Transformers: Age of Extinction.  This is another Michael Bay helmed disaster. The addition of Mark Wahlberg, which is fantastic, can’t save this film from just being almost three hours of brain-numbing. This is a loud movie, in a bad way, and at this point the producers don’t even seem to care about a plot. Avoid.

If you want a real thriller, you’ll want to find a way to see Snowpiercer. Its rock star cast includes Chris Evans (The Avengers), Tilda Swinton (Chronicles of Narnia), Jamie Bell (Jane Eyre), and Octavia Spencer (The Help). In this film, after a disastrous global warming experiment gone wrong, the remaining people on Earth live on the Snowpiercer, a train that circles the Earth thanks to a perpetual motion device. Led by a sinister outside force, the passengers begin a revolt which could wipe out life on Earth forever. This is a great film.

In limited release, there’s also Begin Again, a foray into the talent-scouting dramas of wanna be artists (starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley, They Came Together, a solid film despite the cast reading like a Who’s Who of popular TV, and finally, Archipelago, starring Tom Hiddleston. This last one is well worth tracking down. Full of subtle, deeper meanings, this is the tale of a family, soon to be torn apart, that begins unraveling aboard a foreign island. See it.

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: SnowpiercerArchipelago

Average: Begin AgainThey Came Together

Stay Away: Transformers: Age of Extinction

 

Where do They Come From?

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction: Sequel
Original: 21
Adaptation: 23
Sequel/Prequel: 10
Remake: 1
Re-release: 1
 
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.
They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.
1) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( - )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) How to Train Your Dragon 2 ( – )
5) Edge of Tomorrow ( +1 )
6) Blue Ruin ( +1 )
7) The Fault in Our Stars ( -2 )
8) Chef ( – )
9) X-Men: Days of Future Past ( - )
10) Stand Clear of the Closing Doors ( – )

The Blockbuster Report

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Oh man, this weekend looks pretty abysmal for new releases. We’ve got Think Like a Man Too, which could get nominated for a Razzie for Worst Film of the Year, and Jersey Boys (yes, based on the musical), which, aside from the music, really lacks the heart and soul of the stage edition. There’s really not much in limited release either, as Third Person, starring Mila Kunis and James Franco, is nothing special and the same goes for everything else.

The one exception may be Coherence, an indy film by James Ward Byrkit (his directing debut), which is an interesting sci-fi flick that takes place almost entirely in one room. It incorporates themes of theoretical physics, comets, paradoxes, Schrödinger’s cat, and, as you might expect, some thrills and chills as the players find out that an astronomical event may be breaking reality. A solid debut for sure.

Other than that, if you are going to a theater this weekend, it’s probably best to spend your money on a holdover like How to Train Your Dragon 2Edge of TomorrowThe Fault in Our Stars, or something along those lines.

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: Coherence

Meh: Jersey Boys

Stay Away: Think Like a Man Too, Third Person

 

Where do They Come From?

  • Think Like a Man Too: Sequel
  • Jersey Boys: Adaptation of play of the same name.
Original: 21
Adaptation: 23
Sequel/Prequel: 9
Remake: 1
Re-release: 1
 
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.
They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.
1) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( - )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (NEW)
5) The Fault in Our Stars ( -1 )
6) Edge of Tomorrow ( -1 )
7) Blue Ruin ( -1 )
8) Chef ( – )
9) X-Men: Days of Future Past ( -2 )
10) Stand Clear of the Closing Doors ( – )

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If you follow me on Twitter (@JesseMeehl) or have taken a gander to the left here on Haunted by Humans, you may have noticed quite a few Marvel Comics volumes appearing in my “recently read” widget. Well, there’s a method to this madness. I’ll let you in on it.

I have begun a quest to read EVERY series from Marvel Comics (starting back in their Timely and Atlas days). Yes, that’s a lot of comics, and yes, I’m starting at the beginning. I’ve been a huge Marvel fan since I was a kid, have basked in their renaissance of late, and can never get enough of any kind of super hero. So instead of just reading the big storylines and crossovers (like I did with DC), I’m reading it all, even through the bumps.

My Five Rules:

1) My first mission is the 616 Universe, which Marvelites will recognize as the Marvel Universe where all the main stuff happens. I may delve into some parallel universe stuff, but I’ll take it as I go. This applies to non-fiction and adaptations of other works etc.

2) I reserve the right to opt out of series that are either to hard to obtain (this is rare), or if they aren’t up to snuff. This latter cause is even rarer than the first. Generally it will only happen if a series becomes too monotonous for me. The key is I need to at least read one story arc from every volume.

3) In the Timely Era, I made sure to read material from every available series, but as that is pre-Marvel, I’m not requiring myself to read all the series. Same with the Atlas Era.

4) As much of the reading as possible will be in reading collected volumes. If an issue or series is missing from volumes, I may be forced to skip it or obtain a hard or digital copy.

5) I’m not reading early romance comics (nuff said), or series that just collect previously published stories.

Currently I’m making my way through the 60′s, paging through the early tales of Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, and more. The villainous Dr. Doom, Mandarin, Magneto, Juggernaut, Green Goblin, and Baron Zemo, among others, have stepped from the shadows to terrorize the world, and thank goodness we know, over 60 years later, that the good guys win in the end.

Every month I’ll keep you updated as to my progress. Follow me on Twitter if you want “up to the book” updates.

As this is the first official mention of the Marvel Project, I’ll catch you all up!

Series Currently Reading

-  Strange Tales, Vol. 1 (1951)

- Journey Into Mystery, Vol. 1 (1952)

- Tales of Suspense, Vol. 1 (1959)

- Tales to Astonish, Vol. 1 (1959)

- Fantastic Four, Vol. 1 (1961)

- The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (1963)

- The Avengers, Vol. 1 (1963)

- The X-Men, Vol. 1 (1963)

- Daredevil, Vol. 1 (1964)

Completed Series

- Menace (1953)

- The Black Knight (1955)

- The Yellow Claw (1956)

- Amazing Adventures/Amazing Fantasy (1961)

- The Incredible Hulk, Vol. 1 (1962)

Dropped Series

- Sgt. Fury, Vol. 1 (1963)

The Blockbuster Report

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The long awaited How to Train Your Dragon 2 arrives this weekend, to favorable reviews. And even though I can’t get past the annoying fact that the Vikings in this franchise have Scottish accents for some unfathomable reason, this is still my Film to Catch. The first film was great, and this one looks to be super fun as well.

Doubling up on sequels, we have 22 Jump Street, which is another story. This one manages to joke about being a cash-grabbing sequel while actually simply being just that. It’s rare that comedy films these days turn out to be good movies, and this is no exception. Leave this one alone.

There’s nothing breathtaking about this week’s lineup of limited release films, but that’s not to say that they aren’t worth a watch. The best of the bunch is The Rover, which gets a great turn from both Guy Pierce and Robert Pattinson. The Signal, a sci-fi/suspense flick starring Laurence Fishburne, was the most interesting to me coming in, but the storyline isn’t anything special, which is too bad. Hellion has raised some eyebrows for a vivid portrayal of life as a Southern teenager, but is still getting mixed reviews, although Aaron Paul is stellar in it. There’s also Lullaby and All Cheerleaders Die, neither of which are worth your time and money.

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: How to Train Your Dragon 2The Rover

Meh: The SignalHellion

Stay Away: 22 Jump StreetLullabyAll Cheerleaders Die

Where do They Come From?

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Sequel
  • 22 Jump Street: Sequel
Original: 21
Adaptation: 22
Sequel/Prequel: 8
Remake: 1
Re-release: 1
 
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.
They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.
1) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( - )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) The Fault in Our Stars (NEW)
5) Edge of Tomorrow (NEW)
6) Blue Ruin ( -2 )
7) X-Men: Days of Future Past ( -1)
8) Chef ( – )
9) Locke ( -4 )
10) Stand Clear of the Closing Doors ( – )

The Blockbuster Report

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As opposed to last weekend, this time around we have a very good slate of films in both wide and limited release. My personal Film to Catch is Edge of Tomorrow, which is a little crazy because I’m not the biggest Tom Cruise fan. However, this one looks to have some great action and a compelling plot. Its a bit of type-casting, but Tom looks like he’ll give this a good turn. Also looking good in wide release is The Fault in Our Stars, a dramady starring Shailene Woodley, which tells the tale of two teenagers who fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group.

In limited release, there’s a trio of solid horror films (or potentially solid films) Willow Creek, a found-footage tale which replaces the Blair Witch with Bigfoot, is probably the best. But there’s also Borgman, about a vagrant wanderer (who may happen to resemble a nightmare demon from German folklore) who causes chaos in an upper class Dutch family, and The Sacrament, which takes on a modern cult. Without actually seeing it, I hate to pass judgment, but The Sacrament does get pretty brutal, and, from what I’ve heard, crosses over the line from well-crafted horror to a violence fest, although the suspense is kept up very well. What else would you expect from director Ti West? I loved The Innkeepers, which he wrote, so he seems to have the horror genre down right.

The only film I’d have to say to completely avoid is Obvious Child, which is just basically a propaganda film trying to mask itself as empowering women, when all it actually does is depict them as being able to behave like teenagers for the rest of their lives.

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: Edge of TomorrowThe Fault in Our StarsWillow Creek, Borgman

Meh: The Sacrament

Stay Away: Obvious Child

Where do They Come From? Included are last week’s films.

  • Edge of Tomorrow: Based on novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
  • The Fault in Our Stars: Based on novel of the same name by John Green.
  • Maleficent: Based on the Grimm fairy tale.
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West: Original
  • Chef: Original (achieved wide release status last week)

Original: 21

Adaptation: 22
Sequel/Prequel: 6
Remake: 1
Re-release: 1
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY.
They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. This weekend’s releases not included. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.
1) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( - )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) Blue Ruin ( – )
5) Locke ( – )
6) X-Men: Days of Future Past ( – )
7) Belle ( +3 )
8) Chef ( -2 )
9) Joe ( -1)
10) Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (NEW)