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New Releases: August 21, 2015

Posted on 21 August 2015 by William Gatevackes

Hitman1. Hitman: Agent 47 (Fox, 3,100 Theaters,96 Minutes, Rated R for sequences of strong violence, and some language, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 8% Fresh [59 Reviews]: We have reached the dog days of summer, where the new releases are lackluster films studios shoot out in the hopes of making a quick buck. You can tell, because you can add all this week’s film’s Tomatometer scores and still barely make 50% Fresh. But these types of films are made on the cheap, and typically clock in at an hour and a half, so it is easier for them to make a profit this time of year.

This one is a rarity–a video game adaptation that has garnered a sequel. This time, Rupert Friend plays Agent 47, a man genetically altered from birth to become the ultimate assassin. Friend not only steps into the shoes of Timothy Olyphant, who played the character in the 2007 original, but also Paul Walker, who was cast in the lead but died before shooting began.

Agent 47 has uncovered a plot to create an army of killers just like him–only more powerful. In the process of stopping this plot, he’ll find out more about his mysterious background.

american ultra poster2. American Ultra (Lionsgate, 2,778 Theaters,95 Minutes, Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 40% Fresh [83 Reviews]: Sadly, this is this weeks best bet, if only because its horrid reviews are less horrid than the other two films opening this week.

How do you freshen up the “secret agent marked for death their employers” genre? I don’t know, but I don’t think making the agent a stoner is the answer. That’s what happens here as Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) has been targeted as a liability, but his skills and drug-addled mind make him hard to kill.

Eisenberg reunites with his Adventureland co-star Kristen Stewart in this one, and I like both of them in that film. And it is written by Max Landis, who appears to be the reason why Chronicle was such a success. But the whole thing seems like flimsy window dressing put over a time-worn concept.

sinister 23. Sinister 2 (Focus Features, 2,766 Theaters, 97 Minutes, Rated R for strong violence, bloody and disturbing images, and language, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 8% Fresh [40 Reviews]:The first Sinister only made $77 million worldwide, but since it only cost $3 to make, that makes it a massive hit. And since the concept is one that lends itself to sequels (a house is home to a demon who possesses small children and compels them to kill their parents in gory and macabre ways), the original getting a follow-up was a safe bet.

This film has a higher budget (all the way up to $10 million) but with none of the big names (Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio) returning. The only major return is James Ransone as Deputy So-and-So.

The movie focuses on a single mother who moves into the house with her twin sons. The demon gets his hooks into the kids, and the bloodshed begins.

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New Releases: August 14, 2015

Posted on 14 August 2015 by William Gatevackes

the-man-from-u-n-c-l-e-movie-poster1. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Warner Brothers, 3,638 Theaters, 116 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity, Rotten Tomatometer at press time: 66% Fresh [117 Reviews]): This seems like the most unlikely reboot/TV show adaptation ever. The hook of the TV show was that it featured an American spy teaming up with a Russian agent at the height of The Cold War. And the show evolved from a James Bond clone to a a campy send up of the genre. In other words, not something that would be easy to adapt.

It seems that Guy Ritchie is leaning more towards the original version, set in the 1960s, with a more subtle sense of humor added and this time a U.K. denizen is playing the American spy and an American is playing the Russian.

The agents must track down some stolen nuclear warheads before they could be used to start a nuclear war. Since we all are not glowing, I think they succeed.

Straight-Outta-Compton-poster2. Straight Out Of Compton (Universal, 2,755 Theaters, 147 Theaters, Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use, Rotten Tomatometer at press time: 86% Fresh [77 Reviews]): Nowadays, people mostly know Ice Cube as a irascible, yet cuddly actor in a bunch of kid flicks and Dr. Dre as the producer who introduced the world to Eminem. But for us old fogies, we remember them as members of N.W.A., the west coast rap group who,with their east coast counterparts, Public Enemy, revolutionized the genre by telling bare bones, no holds barred raps about what it really was like to be a young black man in the inner cities of the U.S.A.

This is enough to fill up a pretty interesting biopic on its own. But the group was know for its infighting, controversy, and tragedy, which makes a biopic all the more appealing to the studios.

And it should be appealing to fans, if anyone in the 18-35 demographic actually knows who N.W.A. are.

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New Releases: August 6, 2015

Posted on 07 August 2015 by William Gatevackes

fantastic-four-2015-poster1. Fantastic Four (Fox, 3,995 Theaters, 100 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and language, Rotten Tomatoes Rating at press time: 9% Fresh [95 Reviews]): There seldom comes along a film that the public/target audience rises up as one to root for it to fail. This is one such film. People don’t just want this film to fail, but fail badly. Many hope that if this film fails, Fox will simply return the characters to Marvel so they can be “done right.” However, another failure might damage the property more than it could ever recover from.

Not that the studio and filmmakers didn’t help the hatestorm along, with a leaked synopsis that was kept little of the comic, a casting controversy over what seemed like arbitrary casting by the director Josh Trask, leaked photos that generated more disdain than excitement, Marvel going so far as to cancel the Fantastic Four comic book as to not support the film. rumors of studio mandated reshoots that were extensive and an embargo on reviews before the film’s release.

Well, the reviews are in, and they are not good. And it’s so bad that director Josh Trank went on Twitter with a quickly-deleted mea culpa about how his film would have been much better if he was just left alone (not if it was the first synopsis we saw, it wouldn’t have been). The last nail in the coffin might be the films box office receipts. Whether there will be an attraqctive enough corpse for Marvel to take back is anybody’s guess.

Shaun-the-Sheep-Movie-20152. Shaun the Sheep (Lionsgate, 2,320 Theaters, 85 Minutes, Rated PG for rude humor, Rotten Tomatoes Rating at press time: 99% Fresh [95 Reviews]):If you are looking for a kid-friendly alternative to that film right above us, one that actually got good…no…great reviews, here’s one for you.

Shaun’s plan for a day off go haywire when The Farmer is conked on the head and left in the Big City with a case of amnesia. It’s up to Shaun to try to find The Farmer and get him back to the farm before he loses him forever. This will not be as easy as it might seem.

This is based on the popular British TV show and is done by Aardman Production, who are known for their quality.

Ricki_and_the_Flash_poster3. Ricki and the Flash (TriStar, 1,603 Theaters, 102 Minutes, Rated PG – 13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language, Rotten Tomatoes Rating at press time: 56% Fresh [73 Reviews]): Meryl Streep has portrayed everything from a fairy tale witch to a true-life British Prime Minister, from a Australian mother to a fashion editor, so playing an aging rock star should be no big deal. But she really doesn’t look the part, does she? Or is it just me?

The often Oscar honored Streep joins an Oscar laden cast and crew who have been quiet in recent years, including Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (who hasn’t made a dramatic feature since 2008’s Rachel Getting Married), Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (whose career never lived up to the potential she showed with Juno), and Oscar-winning actor Kevin Kline (who should be a national treasure but whose career has been very low-key of late). So, there is reason to be excited.

Streep plays Ricki, a woman who left her family behind to pursue a musical career. However, she is reunited with her ex-husband (Kline) when troubles arise around their daughter (played by Streep’s real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer.

the gift poster4. The Gift (STX Entertainment, Wide Release,108 Minutes, Rated R for language, Rotten Tomatoes Rating at press time: 93% Fresh [57 Reviews]): Yes, it is Friday as I write this and we still don’t have an accurate theater count for this film on BoxOfficeMojo.com. Love it when that happens.

Joel Edgerton doesn’t seem to be at the point of his career where he’d be a natural to make the move into writing and directing films. Conventional wisdom states film actors, as exemplified by Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, should spend more time in the the trenches, learning his craft, before moving behind the camera.

Of course, this is a fallacy. There are plenty of writer/directors who never acted yet create movies, so service time really isn’t the issue. It’s whether or not they can get the job done. And judging from the reviews this film is getting, Edgerton is getting the job done.

The film focuses on a couple (Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall) whose lives are forever changed after the run into an old high school acquaintance of the husband’s (Edgerton). The man leaves a series of “gifts” for the man, each one revealing a secret that should have remained hidden.

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Josh Trank Apologizes For FANTASTIC FOUR Movie

Posted on 06 August 2015 by Rich Drees

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Studios don’t like bad buzz about their films circulating before the films even have a chance to open in theaters. That is often why if they know that they have a stinker, they’ll embargo press reviews until as close to the film’s release as possible. You generally don’t see the bad buzz coming from the film’s director, so you can imagine that Twentieth Century Fox is probably not too happy with Fantastic Four director Josh Trank this evening.

In what could be seen as an admission of the rumored much-troubled production of the comic book adaptation, Trank tweeted out earlier –

https://twitter.com/joshuatrank/status/629467936793559040

The tweet disappeared out of Trank’s feed fairly quickly, but fortunately, some folks got screen shots of it.

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Honestly, while I am surprised that Trank is making such an admission on the eve of the Fantastic Four‘s release, I am not surprised that it confirms the numerous rumors that have been swirling around the production. Most recently, it was being rumored that almost 40 of the 90 pages of the film’s script were reshot months after the initial production had wrapped and that the studio only had a final edit looked in at the end of June/beginning of July, a remarkably late date for a release date in the first week of August. Definitely bad signs.

Currently, Fantastic Four is trending at about 10% on Rotten Tomatoes, a rather dismal score, and one that is lower than both previous Fantastic Four films. Could Trank’s vision have scored better? Perhaps Fox will let him release his director’s cut, but after this evening, I don’t think they will be in too much of a mind to do anything he asks of them for some time to come.

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New Releases: July 31, 2015

Posted on 30 July 2015 by William Gatevackes

Vacation Poster1. Vacation (Opened Wednesday, Warner Brothers/New Line, 3,411 Theaters, 99 Minutes, Rated R for crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity, Rotten Tomatoes Rating at press time: 26% Fresh [84 Reviews]): So, is this a remake, a sequel or both? If it’s the former, I dread the inevitable remakes of the John Hughes classics that will surely come. If it’s a sequel, okay, that would be kind of inventive. But I think it’s the latter, which is problematic to say the least.

The basic plot is the same–a man takes his dysfunctional family on a cross-country vacation to the mythical Wally World from the first film—but it seems that they try to up the ante this time around. Now it’s Rusty (Ed Helms, because he’s a bigger star than Anthony Michael Hall or Johnny Galecki, I guess) instead of Clark. Instead of the gorgeous supermodel flirting with dad while driving on the highway, she gets hit by an oncoming tractor trailer. Instead of eating a sandwich with dog pee on it, they whole family wallows in raw sewage.

But bigger isn’t always better, especially when the original still stands up well today.

mission impossible poster2. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Paramount, 3,800 Theaters,131 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity, Rotten Tomatoes Rating at press time: 93% Fresh [101 Reviews]):This film shouldn’t be so enticing. The franchise is one year away from its 20th birthday, with only five installments to show for it. Its star is eligible for an AARP card, and is still trying to live down a legendary press junket from ten years ago which was notorious for him jumping on couches and calling morning show hosts “glib.”

But the film is getting spectacular reviews. Tom Cruise, at 53, looks 36 and does a lot of his own stunts, including the one in the trailer where HE HANGS FROM THE OUTSIDE OF A PLANE WHILE IT IS TAKING OFF. And the franchise stays fresh by adding new elements and recurring characters to the old favorites. And averaging a film once every four years seems to be a case of making sure there is a quality reason to bring everyone back.

So, this franchise might not have that much life left in it, but it appears that it has enough to bring audiences in.

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The Cut PIXELS Super Mario Brothers Post-Credits Scene

Posted on 26 July 2015 by Rich Drees

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Although there have been post-credit scenes in films before Marvel Studios came along, it really has been their use of them that has led a number of filmmakers to follow suit, ending their films with a quick spin on or revelation about what happened in the movie. At the least, it’s a fun thank you for the folks who have stuck around through the credits, at the most it serves to set up a hoped for sequel.

The folks behind this weekend’s Pixels, the alien-invaders-taking-the-form-of-classic-video-arcade-game-characters Adam Sandler comedy, had an idea for a post-credits scene to their film. This is what they had in their script –

PAN UP AND SPIN AROUND, so we face the Washington Monument, damaged but still standing. When we reach the top, we see a small figure on top, hands on hips, watching all this from high above.

Mario.

We zoom in on his face, and he smiles.

CUT TO BLACK

Now I know the first impulse is to say that the scene was cut as all involved knew that anyone who went to film would have run out of the theater as soon as the credits started rolling, if not before. Let’s face it, the reviews have not been kind to this movie, as it currently sits with a score of 19% on Rotten Tomatoes.

But director Chris Columbus explained the deletion to ScreenCrush thusly –

We tried it. There was a moment we even did a previs of it, we thought it was interesting but we wanted to kind of use him somewhere else. I don’t want to spoil the fact that he may be somewhere else in the film but … that ironically is a bigger moment for the audience than the ending with Mario.

Pixels is doing so-so at the US box office and is expected to not quite clear $24 million this weekend according to Deadline. But with the film picking up another $26 million or so overseas, it has already cleared more than half of its reported $88 million budget. So there is a glimmer of a possibility that there could be a sequel to the film, depending how the next few weeks play out. It’s not a foregone conclusion, but its also not entirely ruled out.

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New Releases: July 24, 2015

Posted on 24 July 2015 by William Gatevackes

pixels-movie-poster1. Pixels (Sony/Columbia, 3,723 Theaters, 105 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments, Rotten Tomatoes rating at press time: 20% Fresh [84 Reviews]):When this high concept film was announced, we knew that the right approach to the material had to be made. After all, the plot of aliens responding to a tape of video games being played as an act of war and sending weaponized versions of the video game characters in order to destroy Earth is one that could come off as either campy genius or completely and utterly stupid.

The fact that the film would come from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company pointed towards the latter. However, having Chris Columbus, he of Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the first two Harry Potter movies, direct the film seem a step in the right direction.

Of course, the final product has Kevin James as President of the United States and Peter Dinklage in a mullet. With that as an example of the film’s wit, no wonder it has been getting the reviews it has.

papertownsposter2. Paper Towns (Fox, 3,031 Theaters, 109 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity – all involving teens, Rotten Tomatoes rating as of press time: 59% Fresh [58 Reviews]): Quentin once had a childhood crush on his neighbor Margo. That has all but passed, but there’s enough of it around that when Margo steals into Quentin’s bedroom at night and asks for his help in a quest for revenge, he is more than happy to oblige.

Quentin is interested in renewing his friendship with Margo the next day at school, but she never shows. When she doesn’t show for the next few days and is declared missing, Quentin enlist his friends to try and find her. During the investigation, Quentin, quoting Alan Jackson, learns “a lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love.”

If this premise seems a bit far fetched or loopy, it really doesn’t matter. This film is adapted from a John Green novel, and the cult that surrounds him will make this one a hit.

Southpaw_poster_usa3. Southpaw (The Weinstein Company, 2,772 Theaters, 123 Minutes, Rated R for language throughout, and some violence, Rotten Tomatoes rating at press time: 54% Fresh [110 Reviews]): The boxing movie as a Cinderella story. Rocky started it, and it continued it through Cinderella Man, The Fighter and others. It has become a time honored trope, so much that it is hard to bring anything new to it. Director Antoine Fuqua, of Training Day fame, and writer Kurt Sutter, the man who brought you Sons of Anarchy, decide to go grim and gritty with their take on the genre.

Boxer Billy Hope had it all. He held the Light Heavyweight Title, he had money, a beautiful wife, and awesome kid and a life that many other people would envy. Unfortunately, a public brawl between him and a rival boxer ends with his wife dead. This starts Billy on a downward spiral where he loses everything else. When he hits bottom, he needs to find the strength to pull himself back up and become the man who will be able to take care of his daughter.

Even with the new angles added, the story seems formulaic. But this one might be worth a look, as Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance is already getting Oscar buzz, something almost unheard of this time of year.

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Review: ANT-MAN

Posted on 19 July 2015 by William Gatevackes

ant-man posterIf you were disappointed because Edgar Wright left this film, then you’re really going to be disappointed after seeing this film. That’s because Wright’s fingerprints are all over the film, yet he is nowhere to be found.

Yes, this is an Edgar Wright film. He and Joe Cornish are still credited with story and part of the screenplay (the latter shared with Adam McKay and Paul Rudd). And if you are a fan of Wright’s work, you’ll be able to pick his parts of the film out almost immediately.

For example, one of Wright’s most prominent trademarks is the jump-cut scene, where he presents a part of the story in a series of staccato images that say what they need to say in a concise and exciting way. In my opinion, it’s a trait that proves his genius and a big part of what I love about his films.

In Ant-Man, there are four or five scenes that you just know that Wright and Cornish wrote for this jump-cut style. However, Peyton Reed, either by conscious choice or lack of the ability to do so, presents these scenes with the pacing of a turtle trying to cross a molasses-covered roadway. The difference between the scenes as Reed directs them and the way they were intended is painfully obvious, and creates a disconnect  with the audience. Unfortunately, this also makes us more aware of the other flaws in the film, flaws such as dodgy motives, underdeveloped characters and gaps in logic that we might not have had time to notice in the faster pace Wright works in.

rudd as scott lang ant-manThe film opens as Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) leaves prison after serving three years for a Robin Hood-like bit of computer theft . He is desperate to go straight so he can provide a good role model for his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Forston), but he’s not even able to keep a job at Baskin-Robbins due to his criminal record. Soon, an old prison pal by the name of Luis (Michael Peña) seduces Scott back into a life of crime with a sure-fire robbery of a billionaire ex-military guy. 

However, the only thing Scott finds in the billionaire’s vault is what he thinks is a motorcycle suit. After he puts the suit on, he realizes it allows him to shrink to ant size. The theft was orchestrated by the suit’s creator, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) as a test of Lang’s skills. See, Pym’s protege Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), has used Pym’s designs to create his own shrinking battle suit, one he is willing to sell to the highest bidder, no matter who that bidder will kill with it. Pym wants Lang to steal the designs from Cross to keep them from being used for nefarious purposes. Lang quickly signs on, much to the chagrin of Pym’s daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lily), who wanted the assignment for herself.

Antman screen grabThe reason given for Pym choosing Scott over Hope is that Scott is expendable and Pym dares not to lose his daughter. This is where the questions begin, because if he was that concerned about her, why did he have Hope work as his inside woman in Cross’ company, keeping tabs on an man who has no compunction about killing an employee for as little as speaking up in a meeting. And why wouldn’t Hope be a better choice, as she already has a high level access in the company, and would be able to sabotage the development of Cross’ suit from the inside. She wouldn’t even need the Ant-Man suit to do it either.

In addition to that, Pym is a man who doesn’t want his technology used by the military, unless he is the one to use it. Cross has a highly advanced, weaponized version of the Ant-Man suit he created himself, yet still is obsessed with stealing Pym’s outdated 1980’s version of the technology. Cross is another edition of the poorly defined Marvel villain. He constantly reminds us that he is the “jilted protege of a father-figure-like mentor (with nary a flashback to back that up),” yet comes off more as a raving lunatic who completely ignores his expressed motivation at the end just to give the film a slam bang finale.

antman stillWho do we blame for these contradictions? Wright and Cornish? McKay and Rudd? Reed? Marvel Studios’ interference?  One from column A, one from column B? All of the above? Regardless, the studio would have been better off if it either delayed the movie, scrapped all of Wright’s stuff, and then started over or, you know, just let Wright direct it.

Which isn’t to say that the film is all bad. The effects are spectacular, the acting is great and there are moments of fun action and witty comedy. It’s just that it seems like without Wright at the helm, the film is like a jacket three sizes too big for Reed to wear, a jigsaw puzzle with miss-matched pieces. The result is a disappointing film.

 

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New Releases: July 17, 2015

Posted on 17 July 2015 by William Gatevackes

ant-man poster1. Ant-Man (Disney, 3,856 Theaters,117 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, Rotten Tomatoes Rating at press time: 77% Fresh [151 Reviews]): After a tumultuous journey to the screen, this film has finally arrived.

Being a big Edgar Wright fan, I had a secret hope that this film would be awful. Yet, as a fan of comic book films, I also want it to be a success. Such conflicting feelings put a hamper on my desire to see. Typically, I’d have seen it by the time this post hits the web. Now if I see it this weekend, I see it this weekend. if not, well, that’s okay too.

Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, a petty their who is hired by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to engage in a bit of industrial espionage. The safety of the world is at stake, and helping him is a suit that allows him to shrink to ant size.

Trainwreck_poster2. Trainwreck (Universal, 3,157 Theaters,125 Minutes, Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use, Rotten Tomatoes Rating at press time: 87% Fresh [97 Reviews]): Amy Schumer is an unparalleled genius. Her Inside Amy Schumer is one of the best sketch shows to ever air on TV, and she is a master of marrying vulgar humor with biting social commentary and coming up with something riotously funny. She is getting a lot of notice and acclaim for the show, and one of the side benefits is the opportunity to write and star in a feature film.

Amy play a woman named, well, Amy, a writer for a famous men’s magazine who lives a promiscuous lifestyle. Monogamy is for dummies is her motto. But that attitude changes when she meets a charming sports doctor named Aaron (Bill Hader). Will Aaron be enough to make Amy change her freewheeling ways? Or is their relationship just a brief respite from Amy’s carousel of one-night stands?

This film is directed by Judd Apatow, but, outside of Hader, none of the Apatow Repertory Players appear in the film. However, fans of Schumer’s TV show will recognize a number of familiar faces mixed in with intriguing cameos from a diverse range of actors including John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei.

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New Releases: July 10, 2014

Posted on 10 July 2015 by William Gatevackes

Minions poster1. Minions (Universal, 4,301 Theaters, 91 Minutes, Rated PG for action and rude humor, Rotten Tomatoes rating at press time: 54% Fresh [115 Reviews]): Okay, Hollywood. I know that it’s summer and all, but come on. Theater counts should be announced by Box Office Mojo by Thursday night. Okay? I like having a correct number up there, else it looks sloppy. And I don’t like hunting for them.

This film focuses on the adorable, Twinkie-like critters from the Despicable Me films. We see how they came upon their chosen profession and we join them as the serve their first master, the world’s first female supervillain, Scarlet Overkill (Voiced by Sandra Bullock). Their task: steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown.

Universal is expecting big things from the Minions, hoping for a $100 million opening weekend. Considering how many kids make a beeline to Minions merchandise, that might be a safe bet.

gallows poste2. The Gallows (New Line, 2,720 Theaters, 81 Minutes, Rated R for some disturbing violent content and terror, Rotten Tomatoes rating at press time: 15% Fresh [39 Reviews]):The TV ads try to equate the killer in this film with classic horror villains of the past due to his use of a noose as his weapon of choice. They should also play up the “killings taking place in a high school during a special event” gimmick as well. Granted, a school play is relatively minor compared to the prom, but it still counts.

That play is called The Gallows and over 20 years ago, a student lost his life at the school during a performance of it. On its anniversary, the school drama club decides to revisit the play to honor the kid who died. Big mistake.

This is filmed in the “found footage” style, a horror trope as prevalent as the iconic killer or high school horror, only not so far removed as to make it quaint or unique as of yet.

selfless poster3. Self/Less (Focus Features, 2,400 Theaters, 113 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language, Rotten Tomatoes rating at press time: 21% fresh [63 Reviews]): I don’t mean to be cruel, but if you had the chance to transfer your brain into another person’s body, would it be Ryan Reynolds? No offense to Mr. Reynolds, but he’s pushing 40. He might still have abs that you can open beer bottles with, but his hair is starting to hike backwards. Wouldn’t you pick someone younger, someone with a whole lot more life to live?

Anyway, the premise of the film is that rich, yet cancer-stricken Ben Kingsley has his consciousness transported into Reynolds’ body. He thinks the body is a blank slate he can simply take over. To his horror, he discovers Reynolds was once a living, breathing human being himself, and his consciousness is starting to reboot and reassert itself.

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