The Blockbuster Report
2015 is halfway gone, and the movies…well, have been mostly underwhelming. But no worries, as you celebrate this 4th of July, you can also count on TWIC to guide you to the best films! Which are actually in short supply this weekend.
We continue 2015’s blast from the past as Terminator Genisys joins us, and its mostly meh. Arnold has some good bits, but this one is going to join the ranks of ill-advised (or at least ill-written) sequels. Magic Mike XXL is in theaters as well this weekend, and its more of the same tripe.
The films in limited release are certainly much better bets this weekend. Some great music documentaries lead the way. Amy (about Amy Winehouse), and A Poem is a Naked Person (about Leon Russell) are insightful glimpses into the lives of musical icons. Cartel Land and Stray Dog look at two vastly different parts of American life, the former showcasing the chaos of international drug trafficking, and the latter painting a portrait of an army-vet biker who has a heck of a life.
The remaining films are varied. Faith of Our Fathers is another film in the vein of Christian films that feature atrocious acting and not much in the way of plot. (Is it really that hard to make a good Christian film? I’m embarrassed.) Stung is an indie-horror creature feature that fans of the genre should find enjoyable, and Jackie & Ryan stars Ben Barnes and Katherine Heigl in a romance drama driven by music.
Must See: None
Worth Your Time: Amy, A Poem is a Naked Person, Stray Dog
Ok: Terminator Genisys, Cartel Land, Jackie & Ryan, Stung
Stay Away: Magic Mike XXL, Faith of our Fathers
Where do They Come From?
Only wide release films count towards these numbers.
- Terminator Genisys: Sequel in Terminator franchise.
- Magic Mike XXL: Sequel to Magic Mike
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 are not included until the end of year if Oscar potential exists.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.