The Blockbuster Report
It looks to be a pretty tame outing for new films this weekend. I had high hopes for Now You See Me, a new magician/bank robbing caper saga, but it looks to be middle of the road. After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith, is telling a story we’ve basically seen already this year, and it is far less effective, even though Oblivion was far from perfect. As has become routine with M. Night Shyamalan films these days, skip it.
There are a few interesting if unspectacular limited release films out this weekend. The Kings of Summer is a pretty standard coming of age story with runaways and adventure. The East, a spy thriller starring Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page, looks decent, and Shadow Dancer, which could be the best of the three, is a drama involving a woman forced by MI5 to spy on her own family over their ties with the IRA (the Irish one, not the American one).
My Film to See this weekend remains Now You See Me. I like the cast and I’m a sucker for magician stories, even though this isn’t anywhere near The Prestige on my favorite films list. Plus it sure as heck is better than After Earth.
Where Do They Come From?
We have After Earth as an original film, as it was written by Shyamalan and Gary Whitta after getting the story idea from Will Smith. Now You See Me is also an original.
Oscarwatch (Not including this weekend’s films)
2) Before Midnight
3) Frances Ha
4) Upstream Color
5) What Maisie Knew
6) Star Trek Into Darkness
7) The Place Beyond the Pines
9) Iron Man 3
10) Side Effects
New additions: Before Midnight (#2)
Departures: The Croods