This Week In Cinema – Calm Before the Storm

Posted: March 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Batman and Superman will be taking over the box office next week, and there’s little reason to spend any money at the movies until then.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant was supposed to be the blockbuster of the weekend, but its being widely panned, so stick to the books. Miracles from Heaven gets a really good performance from Jennifer Garner, and is a decent film for the Easter crowd, but nothing spectacular. The Bronze is just plain not worth your time, as its just another unfunny “comedy.” And in limited release, we have The Program, a Lance Armstrong drama that could have been so much more.

My Film to Catch this week is Midnight Special. It is one of those films where the less you know the better, so I won’t say anything except its directed by Jeff Nichols, the mastermind behind Mud and Take Shelter.

Must See (5 out of 5 stars): None

Worth Your Time (3 to 4 stars): Midnight Special

Just Ok (2 to 3 stars): Miracles from HeavenThe Program

Stay Away (0 to 1 stars): The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Where do They Come From?

Only wide release films count towards these numbers.

  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Adaptation of the book of the same name.
  • Miracles from Heaven: Based on non-fiction book of the same name by Christy Beam.
  • The Bronze: Original screenplay by Melissa and Winston Rauch.

Original: 14

Adaptation: 12

Sequel/Prequel: 5

Remake: 0

Oscarwatch

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) Eye in the Sky (NEW)
3) 10 Cloverfield Lane (NEW)
4) Hail Caesar (-2)
5) Hello, My Name is Doris (NEW)
6) Kung Fu Panda 3 (-3)
7) Eddie the Eagle (-3)
8) Race (-3)
9) 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (-3)
10) Risen (-2)
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