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
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 Homesman, Rosewater
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
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.