Today’s New Releases feature two films that were pushed back–one almost two years. So, it might not be the best weekend for film.
1. Rings (Paramount, 2,931 Theaters, 102 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, thematic elements, some sexuality and brief drug material, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer at press time: N/A [Was not submitted for review]): It’s been twelve years since the last Ring movie (The Ring 2) and not much has changed. There is still a tape that will kill you within a week if you watch it, but now there is a film within the film on that tape. I guess not many people continued with the tape after the death sentence was handed out.
This film finished primary photography back in May of 2015 and was originally scheduled for release on November 13, 2015. Then it was moved to April 1, 2015. then October 28, 2016 until it found its final release date of this week.
My rule of thumb is that if any film is moved around that much, it can’t be any good. Same goes if they withhold it from the critics. The film did both. That should mean that, like the plot of the movie itself, watching this film might be hazardous to your health.
2. The Space Between Us (STX Entertainment, 2,812 Theaters, 120 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and language, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer at press time: 11% Fresh [38 reviews]): If you are like me, you might remember this trailer from some of the summer blockbusters of last year, and might have wondered why its being released now. Well, it wasn’t supposed to. Its original release date was July 29, 2016 but it was moved to August 16th. Then it was moved back to December 21, 2016 the moved up to December 16th before being moved here.
The film features a boy who was born on Mars who comes back to Earth to meet the girl he had a really long distance relationship with. Unfortunately, Earth is fatal to the boy after being born into Mars’ environment. The pair decided to pack the boy’s remaining days with fun.
At least they submitted the film for review. They shouldn’t have, because the reviews were horrible, but still.
Next week, the new releases will have something for the whole family: an action movie for dad, a superhero toy film for the kids and some smut for mom.