This Week in Cinema – 6/27/14 – EXTINCTION

Posted: June 27, 2014 in This Weekend in Cinema
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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 ( – )
  1. Yup; new Transformers was atrocious! I really want to see Snowpeircer; it sounds like a fantastic concept, and I’m sure that, unlike AOE, the talented cast is put to good use.

    You can read my full review of Age of Extinction here:

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