This Week In Cinema – 3/11/16 – Cloverfield Returns

Posted: March 12, 2016 in Films, This Weekend in Cinema
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At last, the first edition of TWIC in 2016. The Oscars are done, and so are the doldrums of January and February. We’re gearing up for some good films!

This weekend, my Film to Catch is 10 Cloverfield Lane. The buzz for this one has been rising since its Super Bowl ad, and its well worth it. The film has been shrouded in mystery, so I’ll leave it that way. Go see it if you’d like to know more!

Another film of note is Young Messiah. Its the story of Jesus as a 7 year old. It’s gotten middling reviews so far. It’s pretty much uncharted territory in Christian film, but not done incredibly well. Decent is a good word.

The Brothers Grimsby is another disaster that Sacha Baron Cohen can add to his resume.

There’s a plethora of limited release films out this weekend, so here’s a listing of the best ones available: Eye in the Sky (a wartime thriller starring Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman), Hello, My Name is Doris (a quirky dramedy starring Sally Field swooning over her new boss), and Boom Bust Boom, (an economic documentary told with puppets).

Must See (5 out of 5 stars): None

Worth Your Time (3 to 4 stars): 10 Cloverfield Lane;  Eye in the Sky; Boom Bust Boom

Just Ok (2 to 3 stars): Young Messiah; Hello, My Name is Doris

Stay Away (0 to 1 stars): The Brothers Grimsby

Where do They Come From?

Only wide release films count towards these numbers.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane: (Pseudo)Sequel to Cloverfield
  • Young Messiah: Adaptation of the Life of Christ, as told in the Bible.
  • The Brothers Grimsby: Original screenplay by Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston.

Original: 13

Adaptation: 10

Sequel/Prequel: 5

Remake: 0


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.

1) Zootopia
2) Hail Caesar
3) Kung Fu Panda 3
4) Eddie the Eagle
5) Race
6) 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
7) The Witch
8) The Finest Hours
9) Risen
10) A Perfect Day

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